Is anyone actually going to care about this?
Co-directors Dr. Viswanath and Dr. Laura Kubzansky have been doing related work for a while now, but what's news is that their research groups are coming together to make for a happiness dream team. Dr. Kubzansky has done a bunch of research on emotions and health outcomes, while Dr. Viswanath is all about health communications and translational research, which essentially means figuring out how to spread the word and apply the findings of their research in the real world.
It's still very early, but the scope of the center is likely to grow, too, because it sounds like everyone wants in. "We are hearing from people in the medical school, the cancer center, people studying religion and spirituality, business, communications, psychology...," Dr. Viswanath's list went on and on. As soon as the happiness center idea was on the table, experts from all kinds of fields said, "Hey, happiness is relevant to the stuff I'm nerding out on, too!"