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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
The Science of Happiness and Flourishing

Third Edition

January 2019 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
About the Authors
1. An Introduction to Positive Psychology
Welcome to Positive Psychology  
The Dimensions of Positive Psychology  
The Scope of Positive Psychology  
Basic Themes of Positive Psychology  
A Short History of Well-Being  
Positive Psychology Today  
2. Foundations: Emotion, Motivation, and the Nature of Well-Being
The Basics of Emotions  
The Components of Emotion  
Moods and Well-Being  
Positive Psychology and Motivation  
Well-Being and Positive Emotion  
Research Models of Happiness and Well-Being  
3. Subjective Well-Being
The Measurement of Subjective Well-Being  
Top-Down Predictors of Subjective Well-Being  
Bottom-Up Predictors of Subjective Well-Being  
Increasing Happiness and Life Satisfaction  
Can You Be Too Happy?  
4. Leisure, Flow, Mindfulness, and Peak Performance
Flow and Optimal Experience  
Peak Performance  
5. Love and Well-Being
Genes, Hormones, and Marriage  
The Varieties of Love  
Finding Romance and Love  
Relationship Satisfaction: What Makes Them Feel Good?  
Relationship Stability: What Makes it Last?  
Minding Relationships  
Positive Families  
What Hurts Relationships?  
How to Nurture Positive Relationships that Last  
6. Positive Health
Positive Health  
Psychological Factors Important to Health  
Hardiness and Mindfulness Meditation  
Positive Aging  
Positive Coping  
7. Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius
The Pursuit of Excellence  
Aesthetics and The Good Life  
What is Creativity?  
8. Well-Being Across the Lifespan
Well-Being Over the Lifespan  
Different Paths to Maturity: Individual Differences in Lifespan Development  
Adjusting to Difficult Life Events  
9. Optimal Well-Being
Wisdom: What Did King Solomon Have?  
Early Psychodynamic Ideas on Optimal Personality  
Existentialism and Authenticity  
Humanistic Perspectives  
Purpose in Life, the Quiet Ego, and Personal Growth  
The Optimal Personality: Common Themes  
10. Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being
A Sense of Meaning and Purpose in Life  
The Sacred Emotions  
Religious Experiences  
Contemplative Spirituality  
Contemplative Religious Traditions  
Mysticism and the Brain  
Psychological Theories of Religious Maturity  
11. Positive Institutions and Cultural Well-Being
Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction  
Careers that Use Positive Psychology  
Positive Communities  
Cross-Cultural Subjective Well-Being  
12. A Look Toward the Future of Positive Psychology
How do we Recognize a Life Well-Lived?  
Theories that Integrate Multiple Perspectives  
New Research Methods  
Alternative Perspectives on Well-Being  
Integrate Positive Psychology with Psychology  
The Question of Values  
Cross-Cultural Considerations  
Toward the Future with Optimism  
Name Index
Subject Index


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ISBN: 9781544322926