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Applied Positive Psychology

Applied Positive Psychology
Integrated Positive Practice

October 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
If you think you know what positive psychology is, think again! This book offers a new integrative vision for making life better that takes in the body and the brain, culture and society, childhood and development... A must read for students.”
- Stephen Joseph, University of Nottingham

"Captures the best of the positive psychology initiative, and most importantly, translates it to practice. The authors bring remarkable depth and breadth to the subject matter and do so in a way that is fresh, engaging, relevant, and unusually thoughtful."
- Carol Ryff, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"If you want to understand what positive psychology really is, learn how it works in practice and discover its huge potential to transform our lives and our world then look no further than this superb book. I really can't recommend it highly enough."
- Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness

This exciting new textbook, written by leading academics in the UK, offers the very first authored title on applied positive psychology for university courses.

Consisting of the latest cutting-edge theory and research in the subject and structured around a pioneering multidimensional model of wellbeing, this book will provide you with the knowledge and tools to apply positive psychology in many areas of life. These include interventions aimed at developing mental and physical functioning, to recommendations for enhancing relationships and reshaping organisational structures. The book shows how these practices can be successfully deployed in diverse real-world settings, from the classroom to the workplace. Key features include:

  • Learning objectives set out at the start of each chapter
  • Practice essay questions throughout and quizzes to test your knowledge at the end of each chapter
  • Useful measurement tools and recommendations for research
  • Summary boxes and suggested further reading and resources
  • Case studies and ‘Reflection’ boxes that invite you to explore topics in greater depth and relate findings to your everyday life.

This book will be essential reading for all students with an interest in or studying a course in applied positive psychology, and is strongly recommended to students taking a wider course in positive psychology and the psychology of happiness and wellbeing.

Chapter 1: Preparing for the Journey
A map to guide us

Our motto

Chapter 2: The Mind





Chapter 3: The Body and the Brain


Neural networks

The nervous system

The body

Chapter 4: Culture and Society





Chapter 5: Childhood and Development
Pregnancy and birth


Early childhood

Positive education

Positive youth development

Development throughout adulthood

Positive aging

Chapter 6: Occupations and Organisations
The mind

The body



Chapter 7: Religion and Spirituality
The religion-health connection

Meditation and Buddhism

Yoga and Hinduism

Religion, spirituality, and positive psychology

Chapter 8: Ethical and Reflective Practice
Ethical practice

Reflective practice


A fascinating and refreshing read for any new or experienced practitioner or anyone with an interest in this field.

Mrs Michelle Brook
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, De Montfort University
December 11, 2017

This book is easy to read and is applicable to all students working in health . I particularly like the reflective element of the book and case studies. The case studies help students link theory to practice. This book will not only inform their work but will help in their own personal and professional development.

Mrs Felicity Page
School of Sport, Health & Outdoor Ed, University of Wales, Trinity St David
September 22, 2016

Very specific to the nature of the module and create excellent discussion and practical challenges for the students

Gerry Fitzpatrick
Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Studies, Waterford Institute of Technology
October 21, 2015

This book is clear in its intent to interest students into the fascinating field of positive psychology. It is readable and thought provoking in equal measure. It will be used to develop self awareness and personal development with a range of higher education learners.

Mrs Janet Macfarlane
health, University of Bolton
January 12, 2016

This book is a valuable resource, especially for those who may be keen to get an overview of work/ideas in the area of positive psychology. The ideas presented are contemporary and meaningful.

After reading this book, myself and my students have felt motivated to apply the ideas to our own lives and work.

I'd recommend it for use with both undergraduate and with postgraduate cohorts.

Dr Abbe Brady
School of Sport & Leisure, Gloucestershire University
June 25, 2015

Nice overview but as I am teaching business students I felt that this was too much on the psychology side to have this as a core textbook. I have been working more with POS and POB texts and hence this has come as a supplement (and a recommendation to the library).

Professor Antoinette Weibel
Department of Business Administration, University of St Gallen - HSG
June 19, 2015

This book offers a comprehensive theoretical grounding to this field and would be suitable reading for those who already have a good understanding of this emerging field, as well as how it can be applied in their field of work.

Mr Tim Cooke
Doctoral Programme in Educational Psychology, Southampton University
March 13, 2015

A very interesting book which gives a good overview of this emerging field of psychology.

Mr Richard Brook
Social Work & Psychosocial Studies, University of East Anglia
February 25, 2015

I have included this as essential reading for our PG Diploma students in mental health nursing and for our third year mental health nurses. The book is well considered, drawing on relevant research and giving new insights into areas of care. Highly recommended.

Mr David Rawcliffe
Pre-Registration Nursing, Bucks New University
February 9, 2015

Expanding area of undergraduate psychology. This text gives good insight into the application of this area

Dr David Holmes
Dept of Psychology & Speech Pathology, Manchester Metropolitan University
January 12, 2015

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