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Health, Happiness, and Well-Being

Health, Happiness, and Well-Being
Better Living Through Psychological Science

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September 2014 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Health, Happiness, and Well-Being provides readers with a panoramic view of what the best psychological science has to offer regarding how to attain physical health and optimum psychological functioning. Students, faculty, general readers, and professionals can rely on the expertise of leading scholars to assist them in evaluating claims and appreciating the influence of popular yet unsubstantiated beliefs in shaping opinions about behavioral health and psychological well-being. Packed with examples drawn from the media and scientific journals, the authors discuss why accurate, up-to-date, and valid health information is vital to achieving the good life.

Steven Jay Lynn, William O'Donohue, and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Chapter 1: Health, Happiness, and Well-Being: Better Living Through Psychological Science
Part I: Essential Skills for Better Living
Lorie A. Ritschel and Cynthia L. Ramirez
Chapter 2: Emotion Regulation: Staying in Control
Christine Maguth Nezu, Arthur M. Nezu, and Sarah Ricelli
Chapter 3: Effective Problem Solving
James D. Herbert and Lynn L. Brandsma
Chapter 4: Understanding and Enhancing Psychological Acceptance
Part II: Coping and Resilience
Anthony Papa, Julie Kahler, and Clair Rummel
Chapter 5: Stress, Coping, and Resilience in the Face of Trauma
Joshua R. Dyer, Merry Sylvester, Emily K. Traupman, Jessica L. Mackelprang, and David R. Patterson
Chapter 6: Coping With Chronic Pain
Anne Malaktaris, Peter Lemons, Steven Jay Lynn, and Liam Condon
Chapter 7: Chilling Out: Meditation, Relaxation, and Yoga
Part III: Staying Healthy and Becoming Healthier
Richard R. Bootzin, Elaine Blank, and Tucker Peck
Chapter 8: Sleeping Well
Adria Pearson and Linda W. Craighead
Chapter 9: Science Weighs in on Obesity
Reed Maxwell and Steven Jay Lynn
Chapter 10: Exercise: A Path to Physical and Psychological Well-Being
Part IV: Happiness and Spirituality
S. Katherine Nelson, Jaime L. Kurtz, and Sonja Lyubomirsky
Chapter 11: What Psychological Science Knows About Achieving Happiness
Emily A. Padgett, Katherine G. Kusner, and Kenneth I. Pargament
Chapter 12: Integrating Religion and Spirituality Into Treatment: Research and Practice
Robert J. Sternberg
Chapter 13: Building Wisdom and Character
Part V: Enriching Relationships, Managing Money
Matthew D. Johnson
Chapter 14: Making Marriage (and Other Relationships) Work
Rachael Ann Fite
Chapter 15: The Joys of Loving: Enhancing Sexual Experiences
Keith D. Allen, Mark D. Shriver, and Cy Nadler
Chapter 16: Raising Our Kids Well: Guidelines for Positive Parenting
William O'Donohue and Alexandros Maragakis
Chapter 17: Financial Skills

“One of the strongest features is that chapters [are] written by the people who have done the research.  I am familiar with the work of all of them, and it’s a stellar group.”

James E. Maddux, George Mason University

An essential guide to strategies for improving health and wellbeing which provides a good foundation for students to build on.

Mrs Liz Hall
Psychology, Petroc College
August 14, 2019

An interesting and critical look at how Psychology as a discipline can contribute to improving well being in society

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 11, 2019

Offers good insights into psychological wellbeing.

Mrs Lowri Ann Dowthwaite
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
April 8, 2016

Very accessible book with plenty of useful chapters for looking at Wellbeing in Education

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, Winchester University
August 27, 2015

This is an extremely comprehensive and easily read narrative surrounding the fundamental aspects of health, happiness and well-being. The introduction and first chapter will be essential reading for our BA Hons Professional Development (Health and Social Care) students and will be placed on our recommended reading list.

Mr Shaun Kershaw
Petroc, Petroc
March 3, 2015

Lynn's discussion are easy to read and follow, enhances the underpinning knowledge of health and well-being.

Mrs Petra Chipperfield
Department of Adult Nursing, City University
February 24, 2015
Key features


  • Introduces the principles of scientific thinking and means for distinguishing science from pseudoscience in Chapter 1.
  • Examines such topics as the evaluation of claims and evidence in terms of the value of replication, how to distinguish correlation vs. causation, the effect of cognitive biases, limitations in conclusions that can be drawn from biased samples, and the influence of popular yet unsubstantiated beliefs in shaping opinions. 
  • Includes many topics central to behavioral health and well-being not typically found in positive psychology texts such as parenting, happiness, emotion regulation, relationship skills, sleep, and problem solving.
  • Highlights the lost opportunities associated with pursuing ineffective treatments based on unsubstantiated information.
  • Features a common structure in every chapter: definition and illustration of key concepts; review of research; role of the concept, technique, or personal enhancement method in the healthcare system; specifics for application, including a case study; and conclusions, including future directions.
  • Draws on the expertise of leading scholars in psychology from a wide array of fields including clinical, cognitive, health, medical, social, and interpersonal psychology.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 4

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