Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD student, Department of Educational Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Babol Branch, Babol, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Management, Babol Branch, Islamic Azad University, Babol, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Bandar-e-Gaz Branch, Bandar-e-Gaz, Iran.



Purpose: The humor and academic engagement in students improve their academic performance and success. Therefore, the aim of this research was determine the effectiveness of flourishing education on humor and academic engagement in high school students.
Methodology: The present research was an applied with pre-test and post-test design with experimental and control groups. The statistical population of the research was male and female high school students in Chalous city in the academic year 2019-20. The statistical sample of the research was 30 people who were selected by available sampling method and randomly replaced into two equal groups (15 people in each group). The experimental group underwent the flourishing education 8 sessions of two-hour during two months (one session per week) and the control group during this period did not receive any training. Both experimental and control groups in the pre-test and post-test stages were evaluated in terms of humor (Khashouei, Arizi Samani and Aghaei, 2009) and academic engagement (Reeve and Tseng, 2011) and the data obtained from their implementation were analyzed by methods of univariate analysis of covariance and multivariate analysis of covariance in SPSS software.
Findings: The findings showed that flourishing education led to increase the humor and all five components including the enjoyment of humor, laughter, verbal humor, humor in social relationships and humor in stressful conditions in high school students (P<0.05). Also, flourishing education led to increase the academic engagement and all four components including the engagement of cognitive, emotional, behavioral and agency in high school students (P<0.05).
Conclusion: The findings indicated the effectiveness of flourishing education on increasing students' humor and academic engagement. Therefore, planning to improve them through workshops can play an effective role in promoting students' humor and academic engagement.


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