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Positive Psychology
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Positive Psychology
The Science of Happiness and Flourishing

Third Edition
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Psychological Health

January 2019 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Topically organized, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing presents a highly engaging, up-to-date introduction to positive psychology. Authors William C. Compton and Edward Hoffman invite students to apply practices to their own lives, contexts, and experiences to ensure understanding. The text examines how positive psychology applies to stressors and health within such traditional research areas as developmental, clinical, personality, motivational, social, and behavioral psychology. Furthermore, 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 including mindfulness, money and subjective well-being, and romantic love.

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. An Introduction to Positive Psychology
Welcome to Positive Psychology

 
Dimensions of Positive Psychology

 
Scope of Positive Psychology

 
Basic Themes of Positive Psychology

 
A Short History of Well-Being in the Western World

 
Positive Psychology Today

 
 
2. Foundations: Emotion, Motivation, and the Nature of Well-Being
Basic Emotions

 
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
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
Leisure

 
Flow and Optimal Experience

 
Mindfulness

 
Savoring

 
Peak Performance

 
 
5. Romantic Love and Positive Families
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
Wellness

 
Positive Health

 
Psychological Factors Important to Health

 
Hardiness and Mindfulness Meditation

 
Positive Aging

 
Positive Coping

 
 
7. Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius
Pursuit of Excellence

 
Foundations of Excellence

 
Aesthetics and the Good Life

 
Creativity

 
Genius

 
 
8. Well-Being Across the Life Span
Well-Being Over the Life Span

 
Adjusting to Difficult Life Events

 
 
9. Models of 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

 
Your Inner Hero

 
 
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

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

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