Bareec Research

Wellbeing is predictive of improved learning outcomes, better mental health, prosocial and civic behavior, higher work productivity, and enhanced life satisfaction. Given that literature in support of wellbeing is robust, it is incumbent on local communities to put this research into practice and develop culturally-competent programs that promote the skills to increase it.

In collaboration with Alnowair, a non-profit organization committed to increasing wellbeing in Kuwait, a semester-long positive psychology program, called Bareec, was designed to generate positive emotions and increase levels of flourishing in university and secondary school students. The Bareec program consisted of 15-min weekly instructions in positive psychology and positive psychology interventions.

To test the program’s efficacy, Bareec was implemented in the national public university and in 10 secondary schools, (total N = 977). Relative to control groups, Bareec university participants showed greater levels of flourishing (eudaimonic wellbeing; d = .32), while secondary school participants showed enhanced positive affect (hedonic wellbeing; d = .27) in addition to a small improvement in flourishing (d = .15).

Keywords Positive psychology · Kuwait · Positive psychology interventions · Positive education · School · University

New Kuwait Development Plan 2035

The New Kuwait Vision

His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah:

“Transforming Kuwait into a financial and commercial center attracting investment, in which the private sector leads the economic activity, encourages the spirit of competition and increases efficiency of production under a supportive institutional state apparatus, values and maintains social identity, achieves human development and balanced development, provides adequate infrastructure, encouraging work.”

Themes of Development Plan


Enhance Kuwait’s regional and global presence in spheres such as diplomacy, trade, culture and philanthropy.


Reform the education system to better prepare youth to become competitive and productive members of the workforce.


Develop and modernize the national infrastructure to improve the quality of life for all citizens.


Reform administrative and bureaucratic practices to reinforce transparency, accountability, and efficiency in the government.

Improve service quality in the public healthcare system and develop national capabilities at a reasonable cost.


Develop a prosperous and diversified economy to reduce the country’s dependence on oil export revenues.


Ensure the availability of living accommodation through environmentally sound resources and tactics.

Bareec Program is part of the Human Capital Theme

for its active contribution in preparing school youth better by establishing the principles of positive thinking and promoting their social behavior for the better. The youth will reap the outstanding results such as reducing the demand for smoking and violence, and increasing their demand for learning, thus increasing success rates and production ratios, and increasing the levels of family and community association and pride.

Collaboration with Kuwait University

September 23, 2019, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Bareec Program and Kuwait University represented by the College of Social Sciences to conduct further studies and research proposals regarding Bareec Program interventions. This is the first time in the history of Kuwait University to sign such a memorandum with a non-academic body to conduct research and studies.