Hans Rippel is the co-founder of Optimal Functioning as well as the administrator and a regular contributor.
After having lived in five countries on four continents and traveled to over 30 countries on six continents, I now have come to see myself as a citizen of the world. In that spirit, I celebrate diversity and I am eager to continuously learn about myself and the world I live in.
I was born in Budapest (1984), raised in Austria (1985-99), stayed two years in New Zealand as an exchange student (1999-2001), and graduated high school in Budapest (2001-2004). On my more recent journey in life I have obtained a B.A. in psychology from Webster University’s Thailand campus (2004-08) with positive psychology as my main passion and interest as well as a minor in Religious Studies and a Buddhist Studies certificate. Lately I have taken Tal Ben-Shahar’s graduate positive psychology course through Harvard’s Extension school (2008), attended the First World Congress on Positive Psychology and I am currently acquiring positive psychology coaching skills through Ben Dean’s MentorCoach program (2009). Most recently I am combining the science of positive psychology and my knowledge of health into my Health Coaching practice (2010). And even more recently I have just launched Optimal Functioning Research, which is an academic research repository for important research articles mostly for health and psychology (2010).
In addition, I am continuously exploring how to optimize mental and physical health to enhance the quality of life for both myself and the people around me. My interests include positive psychology, health & diet, sciences, philosophy, religion, computer technology, and last but not least traveling. Among my hobbies, I enjoy playing squash, swimming, running, rock climbing, reading, hiking, biking, and general physical exercise.
Member of the:
My Online Presence
www.optimalfunctioning.com – A collaborative exploration of optimal human functioning.
www.optimalfunctioning.com/research – An optimal functioning oriented research repository.
www.positivepsychsearch.com – The first and most comprehensive positive psychology search engine.