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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Purpose of Education,” 1947 

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To flourish means to live well, to thrive. We believe that humans flourish when they develop to their fullest potential as rational and moral creatures living in healthy communities.

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We offer a variety of funding opportunities, from postdoctoral and dissertation fellowships to OU course development stipends.


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The mission of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is to advance the science of virtue and to promote the flourishing of OU Students and all Oklahomans. Learn more

Featured Virtue - Perseverance

Featured Virtue: Perseverance

Perseverance is the ability to stay the course when the path to one’s goals is covered with obstacles and/or barriers. As you age, the degree to which you persevere will determine not only the goals you accomplish but also the kind of goals you set.

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Fall 2017 Events

Learn about our upcoming events!

We will be sponsoring a wide variety of events this Fall, including our second Partner Parents Event, an academic conference on honesty, integrity and truth telling, and a new colloquium series. Click below to learn more!

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Institute Fellow, Dr. Megan Haggard, Publishes Chapter on Humility

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Dr. Megan Haggard was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the 2016-2017 academic year. She recently co-authored a chapter titled "Personality Predictors and Correlates of Humility" which was published in the Handbook of Humility: Theory, Research, and Applications, edited by Dr. Everett Worthington Jr., Dr. Don Davis, and Dr. Joshua Hook (Routledge, 2017).

While humility has deep roots in human history, it remains one of the least understood virtues. Since humility emerges as a nearly universal personality trait, examining its connections with other traits helps to shed light on how it operates in everyday life. Dr. Haggard's chapter reviews these relationships, which demonstrate that humility plays an integral role in improving social bonding, caring for others, and avoiding risky behaviors.