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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
The Science of Happiness and Flourishing

Third Edition
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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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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
Flow and Optimal Experience  
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
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  
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  


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Free online resources for instructors are available on the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.

  • 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.
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ISBN: 9781544322926