Positive Psychological Science: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Work, Education, and Societies Across the Globe, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Positive Psychological Science

Improving Everyday Life, Health, Work, Education, and Societies Across the Globe, 2nd Edition

Edited by Stewart I. Donaldson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jeanne Nakamura

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Positive psychological science has experienced extraordinary growth over the past two decades. Research in this area is revealing new strategies and interventions for improving everyday life, health and well-being, work, education, and societies across the globe. Contributions from luminaries in the field provide excellent reviews of the selected topics, summarizing empirical evidence, describing measurement tools, and offering recommendations for improving several aspects of life.

Comprehensively updated, this second edition not only incorporates the more recent empirical findings, three new chapters on relationships and love, the importance of purpose and the stimulation of education practice have been added. Focused on peer-reviewed and theory-driven psychological science, this book uniquely establishes a bridge between the intellectual movement for positive psychology and how it works in the real world. This collection of chapters will inspire the reader to creatively find new opportunities to better the human condition, whether these are in our lives, schools, health care settings or workplaces.

This book will be of interest to all psychologists and social scientists, applied researchers, program designers and evaluators, educators, leaders, students, and anyone interested in applying the science of positive psychology to improve everyday life, and/or to promote social betterment and justice locally and globally.

Reviews

Donaldson, Csikszentmihalyi, and Nakamura have outdone themselves. They have managed to push the boundaries of knowledge on positive psychology even farther by integrating the contribution of some of the most brilliant contributors in the field. Chapters address themes such as positive work, education, relationships, lifespan development, and mentoring while leaving room for theory and applications. This book is a must read! I recommend it for all those interested in positive psychology, students, scientists, and practitioners alike.—Robert J. Vallerand, University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada

The second edition of Positive Psychological Science is a must read for anyone in the field or anyone interested in the field. This book captures a fascinating selection of the latest science and practice as it relates to individual development, workplaces, schools and society. The scientific contributions of are of the highest standard and the recommendations for application are actionable and are bound to have impact. What a treat to hear from luminaries in the field who have come together in this book to keep us all updated on the developments in the very exciting field that is Positive Psychology. —Lea Waters, Ph.D., Professor in Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, Australia

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Jeanette N. Cleveland and Donald Truxillo

Chapter 1 - Theory-driven Positive Psychological Science: A Global Perspective

STEWART I. DONALDSON

Part I - Foundations of Positive Psychological Science

Chapter 2 - National Accounts of Well-Being for Public Policy

Jessica Kansky Ed Diener

Chapter 3 - Cultivating Positive Emotions to Enhance Human Flourishing

TAYLOR N. WEST and BARBARA L. FREDRICKSON

Chapter 4 – The Science of Positive Relationships and Love

SAEIDEH HESHMATI and STEWART I. DONALDSON

Chapter 5 - The Importance of Purpose: Theory, Research, & Application

KENDALL COTTON BRONK

Chapter 6 - Contexts of Positive Adult Development: Mentoring as an Example

JEANNE NAKAMURA

Part II. The Science of Positive Work & Organizations

Chapter 7 – Advances in the Science of Positive Work & Organizations

STEWART I. DONALDSON, SCOTT I. DONALDSON, & IA KO

Chapter 8 – Prosocial Practices, Positive Identity, and Flourishing at Work

JANE E. DUTTON, LAURA MORGAN ROBERTS, and JEFF BEDNAR

Chapter 9 - Effects of Virtuous Leadership on Organizational Performance

KIM S. CAMERON

Part III. The Science of Positive Education

Chapter 10 - Gallup Student Poll: Measuring and Promoting What is Right with Students

VALERIE J. CALDERON and SHANE J. LOPEZ

Chapter 11- Education in 2025: How Positive Psychology can Revitalize Education

HANS HENRIK KNOOP

Chapter 12- How National Surveys of Well-being can Stimulate Education Practice

HANS HENRIK KNOOP

Part IV. Evidence-based Interventions

Chapter 13 - Positive Activity Interventions Targeted to Improve Depressive Symptoms

Jin H. Wen, Sonja Lyubomirsky, & Nancy L. Sin

Chapter 14 - Using Positive Psychological Science to Design and Evaluate Interventions

STEWART I. DONALDSON

Part V. A Vision for Our Future

Chapter 15 Positive Psychology and a Positive World-View: New Hope for the Future of Humankind

MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI

About the Editors

Stewart I. Donaldson is a Distinguished University Professor, Executive Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center, and Director of The Evaluators’ Institute at Claremont Graduate University.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is also the founder and co-director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University.

Jeanne Nakamura is an Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She co-directs the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont Graduate University.

About the Series

Applied Psychology Series

Bridging both academic and applied interests, the Applied Psychology Series offers publications that emphasize state-of-the-art research and its application to important issues of human behavior in a variety of societal settings. To date, more than 50 books in various fields of applied psychology have been published in this series.

To propose a title, please contact Jeanette Cleveland ([email protected]), Donald Truxillo ([email protected]), and Christina Chronister ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY003000
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSY023000
PSYCHOLOGY / Personality