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 many aspects of our lives.
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.
Table of Contents
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
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 2035: 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
Chapter 15 Positive Psychology and a Positive Worldview: New Hope for the Future of Humankind
Stewart I. Donaldson is Distinguished University Professor, Executive Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center, and Director of The Evaluators’ Institute at Claremont Graduate University.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is 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 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.
"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 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, University of Melbourne, Australia