Michael Hall: Why I Chose the Positive Psychology Program at PCOM
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Michael Hall: Why I Chose the Positive Psychology Program at PCOM


March 27, 2023

After 14 years of work in the sports management industry as a small business owner providing consulting and data-driven scoring services, Michael Hall realized it was time for a change.

Michael Hall
Michael Hall

“The pandemic helped highlight the necessary career and personal changes I needed to make for my family and me to thrive,” he said.

Those changes included a desire to explore what is best in people and to help others create the changes they need to live healthy and happy lives.

According to Hall, PCOM’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program aligned well with his interests and goals for the future.

“The program enabled me to have a family, work and life balance—and pursue a master's degree that helped me change careers,” he said. “It also provided the opportunity to gain a solid knowledge base and the skills to pursue a doctoral-level degree.”

Additionally, the program provided Hall with valuable exposure to many different areas and industries in which the MAPP skillset can improve the lives of others—skills he is eager to put to use.

“The MAPP program offers a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow as a person,” Hall said. “The biggest impact comes from applying the knowledge you have gained to be your best self and to spread empathic and compassionate care for your loved ones.”

Hall cited the professional background of the professors, course content and collaborative nature of the program as contributing to his excitement and enthusiasm for the field of positive psychology.

“The MAPP program has been a wonderfully enriching experience, both personally and professionally,” he said.

Hall credits his wife Kelly as being integral to his success by providing the loving support and care that has made it possible for him to pursue his educational and career goals.

“This program has opened many new doors in my life, and I look forward to opening them with my family to create a healthier and more positive way of being,” Hall said. “I am excited to put my MAPP skills to work, guiding others to see their strengths and positive abilities so that they can make the changes they desire, moving them toward their authentic happiness.”

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