What are the actual elements that promote generosity within each of us and how can we foster communities that prioritize humans who thrive together? Seligman’s theoretical model of happiness (PERMA) helps us understand these elements and what we can do to maximize each element to create compelling donor experiences.

Jeni Cross

Institute for the Built Environment

Jeni is a community sociologist, collaborating with schools and community agencies on a variety of community-based participatory research projects centered on sustainability and community development. Her research interests include energy conservation, community attachment/sense of place, land use and conservation, sustainability, inter-agency collaboration, social networks, and social norms. Her current projects include research on land conservation decision making, energy conservation and sustainability in public schools, and behavior change campaigns among college students.

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