InJoy For College


InJoy reflects the increasing interest in positive psychology among psychologists and researchers alike. Positive psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. Parents who choose this program for their children are passionately motivated to help their children achieve a beneficial outlook that will positively impact all areas of their lives.

InJoy examines ways to improve mood through a focus on positive psychology and relationships, which helps students lead a more fulfilling life by concentrating on strengths and virtues. It challenges young people to make small changes and incorporate new techniques into their daily lives to optimize their happiness and well-being.

Ideally Suited For

  • Students wanting to improve their mood and gain a positive outlook
  • Young people that may be at risk for depression


  • Increased awareness of the linkages between emotions, thought, and behavior
  • Reduction in negative thoughts and feelings
  • Increase in positive thoughts and feelings
  • Improved knowledge of the connections between physiology and mood
  • Enhanced confidence around relationships and happiness


InJoy provides techniques for happiness enhancement and highlights ways to find meaning and pleasure in everyday activities. Students are introduced to concepts such as time perspective and the relationship wheel to encourage self-assessment and reflection -- and to use their personal strengths to increase positive experiences. InJoy can also be used as a preventative measure against depression. In a Stanford School of Medicine clinical study of high-risk students who completed InJoy, nearly half showed a decrease in their risk of depression. InJoy features comprehensive assessments, novel engagement strategies, and interactive functionalities, and focuses on developing skills and exercises including:

  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Managing difficult emotions
  • Asking for help
  • Coping strategies
  • Relaxation
  • Signature strengths
  • And more

This program was co-developed by the Stanford University Behavioral Medicine Laboratory and Thrive Research.