Hans Rippel

Hans Rippel
Hans Rippel is the co-founder of Optimal Functioning as well as the administrator and a regular contributor.

Brief Biography:

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:

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Center for Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP)

International Positive Psychology Network (IPPA)

European Network for Positive Psychology (ENPP)

Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

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.


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