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From Surviving to Thriving

From Surviving to Thriving
A student’s guide to feeling and doing well at university

First Edition
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March 2022 | 214 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Many universities around the world are seeing how they can use theories of positive psychology help students cope well with the ever-increasing stresses of modern-day life and university.

This practical, hands-on book will help you understand, experience and put into practice skills and strategies to improve and sustain your wellbeing so that you can thrive throughout your time at university. With enough scientific theory and knowledge for you to understand why it works, our focus is on practical activities that will make a difference in your life. 

Edited and authored by practising university teachers of the science of wellbeing, this textbook is essential reading for any student, whether you are studying positive psychology or just navigating university life. Each chapter explores a key area of positive psychology and provides activities to enhance your wellbeing and contribute to that of other people. Covering topics from identifying your strengths to mindfulness, and from dealing with adversity to the importance of play, this book will help you move from surviving to thriving at university.

Christian van Nieuwerburgh is Professor of Positive Psychology and Coaching at the University of East London and Executive Director of Growth Coaching International.

Paige Williams is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Positive Psychology and an Associate of Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Thrive at university
Chapter 2. Learn about how you learn
Chapter 3. Identify your strengths
Chapter 4. Be hopeful
Chapter 5. Focus on what is possible
Chapter 6. Look after yourself
Chapter 7. Live in the moment
Chapter 8. Invest in relationships
Chapter 9. Prepare for adversity
Chapter 10. Be playful
Chapter 11. Live your meaning
Chapter 12. Learn about yourself
Chapter 13. Care about the world
Chapter 14. Conclusion: Savour your experiences

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