Design for sustained wellbeing through positive activities—a multi-stage framework

Lisa Wiese*, Anna E. Pohlmeyer, Paul Hekkert

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In this paper, we introduce a framework that conceptualizes a multi-stage process through which technology can promote sustained wellbeing. Intentional wellbeing-enhancing activities form the centerpiece linking direct product interaction to, ultimately, wellbeing. The framework was developed following a bottom-up–top-down approach by integrating theoretical knowledge from positive psychology, behavioral science and human–computer interaction (HCI)/design with empirical insights. We outline (a) the framework, (b) its five main stages including their multidisciplinary theoretical foundations, (c) relations between these stages and (d) specific elements that further describe each stage. The paper illustrates how the framework was developed and elaborates three major areas of application: (design) research, design strategies and measurement approaches. With this work, we aim to provide actionable guidance for researchers and IT practitioners to understand and design technologies that foster sustained wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number71
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalMultimodal Technologies and Interaction
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Behavior change
  • Human–computer interaction
  • Positive activities
  • Positive design
  • Wellbeing


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