Arlen is founder and CEO of Instituto de Bienestar Integral (Institute of Well-being), an organization based in Mexico that offers positive psychology programs for Spanish speakers around the world. Arlen also serves as an instructor in the Happiness Studies Academy, which is led by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. She works with several universities and organizations in leadership, social responsibility, and positive psychology curriculum development and professional training. Arlen holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas, and is an international speaker. Her passion for personal and community wellness has been evident throughout her career. For more than 10 years she has developed social responsibility programs with companies, colleges, universities and with the government sector.
What inspires you?
When I was seven years old, I remember jotting down a big wish on a small paper. I figured all children would have wished for the same thing until I spoke with a friend who said, “at seven years old, I would have wished for a doll, a new dress or a new pair of shoes”. I realized then, that wishing for peace in the world might not be everyone’s wish, but it has always been mine.
What relationship has been most influential in your life?
My most meaningful relationships are in my own family, especially my mom who has always focused on human potential and my husband whose commitment and perseverance turned into action inspire me every day. My former professor Dr. Martin Seligman has had a profound impact in my life. His work has shifted important paradigms in the fields of psychology, education, public policy, and wellbeing.
What’s on your bookshelf?
Homo Prospectus by Martin Selgiman
The Psychology Podcast by Scott Barry-Kaufman Author David Cooperrider
The power of meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith
Man in search of meaning by Viktor Frankl
How people matter by Isaac and Ora Prilleltensky