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Positive Psychology

Established and Emerging Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Dana S. Dunn


352 pages

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This volume is a comprehensive review of theoretical and empirical contributions to positive psychology. It provides a scientific understanding of how human strengths help people psychologically and physically, showing how stressful circumstances do not inexorably lead to negative prognoses. It examines how individuals confront challenges, appreciate others, and regard daily experiences as meaningful. Many of the chapters also challenge the negative, disease-model approach that dominates much of the research concerning health and well-being. Chapters also address applications and future directions for the field. The broad scope makes it a key resource for undergraduates, graduates, researchers, and practitioners in social, clinical, and positive psychology.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Putting Positive Psychology into Perspective Dana S. Dunn Positive Subjective Experiences 2. Subjective Well-Being: Payoffs of Being Happy and Ways to Promote Happiness Samantha J. Heintzelman & Louis Tay 3. Positive Emotions and Well-Being Khoa D. Le Nguyen & Barbara L. Fredrickson 4. Savoring: A Positive Emotion Amplifier Jaime L. Kurtz 5. Spending Money Well Katherine B. Hanniball, Lara B. Aknin & Dylan Wiwad 6. I’m Right There with You: Two Ways Merely Being with a Close or Familiar Other Enhances Well-Being Erica J. Boothby & Margaret S. Clark Positive Traits 7. Mindfulness Ellen J. Langer & Christelle T. Ngnoumen 8. Optimism, Health, and Well-Being Laura C. Bouchard, Charles S. Carver, Maria G. Mens, & Michael F. Scheier 9. Forgiveness and Well-Being Charlotte van Oyen Wityliet & Lindsey Root Luna 10. Courage, Courageous Acts, and Positive Psychology Cynthia L.S. Pury & Shawn Saylors Positive Institutional Perspectives and New Directions 11. Positive Psychology in the Workplace: The Important Role of Psychological Capital (PsyCap) Fred Luthans & Regina Frey 12. Applying Principles of Positive Pscyhology to Student Success and Well Being: Enabling all Students to Thrive Laurie A. Schreiner 13. Existential Meaning in Life and Positive Psychological Functioning Andrew G. Christy, Grace Rivera, Kaiyuan Chen, & Joshua A. Hicks 14. A Positive Pscyhology for Disability and Rehabiliation: Some Recent Advances Dana S. Dunn 15. Toward a Positive Psychology of Single Life Bella DePaulo 16. Positive Psychology Interventions: Clinical Applications Mariya Smirnova & Acacia Parks 17. Self Determination and Positive Psychological Aspects of Social Psychology Michael L. Wehmeyer & Karrie A. Shogren 18. Applied Positive Psychology: Facilitating Multidimensional Flourishing Tim Lomas Index

About the Editor


Dana S. S Dunn

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

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Dana S. Dunn is Professor of Psychology at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His research interests include the social psychology of disability and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is the author of over 150 articles, chapters, and book reviews, and author or editor of over 30 books.

About the Series

Frontiers of Social Psychology

Frontiers of Social Psychology is one of the field's most influential and distinguished book series. Each volume provides a rigorous and cutting-edge overview of the most recent theoretical, methodological, and practical developments in a substantive area of social psychology, in greater depth than is possible in general social psychology handbooks. Coverage includes major established topics and new and emerging areas. The Editors and contributors are all internationally renowned scholars, whose work is at the cutting-edge of research.

Scholarly, yet accessible, the volumes in the Frontiers series are an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and practitioners, and are suitable as textbooks in advanced courses in specific sub-areas of social psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness
SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General