Eric S. Kim

Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health



Human systems grow in the direction of what they persistently ask questions about.
— Cooperrider and Whitney

I research the different ways that people pursue the good life (e.g., through: purpose in life, personal growth, optimism, resilience, positive emotions) and how these pursuits influence various health behaviors and outcomes—with a focus on cardiovascular health.

I also research how these pursuits have a reverberating ripple effect with the surrounding world to influence health; for example, through personal relationships (e.g., dyadic dynamics in couples), others (e.g., altruism/volunteering), and the larger community (e.g., levels of neighborhood social cohesion). I am particularly interested in how these pursuits influence older adults, a rapidly growing segment of our society.

In the link below, you can find pdfs of all my papers.