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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
The Science of Happiness and Flourishing

Third Edition

January 2019 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Topically organized, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing presents a brief, up-to-date introduction to positive psychology. Authors William C. Compton and Edward Hoffman examine how positive psychology relates to stressors and health within such traditional research areas as developmental, clinical, personality, motivational, social, and behavioral psychology. The text offers perspectives on positive emotional states, research and theory on positive traits, coverage of positive institutions, and a look at the future of positive psychology. The Third Edition reflects significant growth in field with hundreds of new references and expanded content on topics such as mindfulness, money and subjective well-being, and romantic love.

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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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SAGE Instructor Resources supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.
A Test Bank provides a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
Key features
  • Expanded sections reflect the growth of positive psychology in recent years to include research on mindfulness, money and subjective well-being, romantic love, marriage, and positive child-rearing.
  • New research covers emotional intelligence, positive character strengths, emotion regulation, LGBTQ issues, gratitude, compassion, organizational issues, and positive psychology through the lifespan.
  • A workbook aligned with the text is available to support student growth and well-being.
  • Approximately 400 new references reflect the latest developments in the field over the last several years.

  • Chapter-ending summaries reviews topics that were covered.
  • Key Terms and Ideas sections at the end of chapters list terms and page numbers where terms are explained.
  • Books and On the Web sections provide students with additional resources for further exploration.
  • Personal Exploration sections at the end of chapters provide activities for students to interact with concepts to make them more memorable.

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ISBN: 9781544322926