1st Edition

The Psychology of Wellbeing

By Gary Wood Copyright 2021
    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    How can we improve our sense of wellbeing? What explains the current wellbeing boom? What does wellbeing mean to you?

    The Psychology of Wellbeing offers readers tools to navigate their own wellbeing and understand what makes a ‘good life’. Using self-reflection and storytelling, it explores how trust affects psychological and emotional wellbeing, considers how stress and inequality impact our psychological wellbeing, and how trends such as positive psychology influence our understanding of happiness.

    In a world where the ‘wellness economy’ is big business, The Psychology of Wellbeing shows how we can question and make sense of information sources, and sheds light on the wellness, self-care and self-help industry.

    1. Introduction: Defining Wellbeing, Psychology, and the Self
    2. Questions of Trust: The Truth About Wellbeing
    3. Storytelling and Sense-Making: 50 Shades of Wellbeing
    4. Stress & Coping: On Being Well in Your Self
    5. Self-Help and Wellbeing: Ifs, Nots, Myths & Knots
    6. Happiness, Meaning & the Good Life: The Structure of Wellbeing
    7. Some Concluding Thoughts: Stories, Questions and Reflections on Being Well and Getting Better


    Gary W. Wood is a chartered psychologist, solution-focused life coach, advice columnist, and broadcaster. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has more than 20 years’ experience teaching and applying psychology, in universities, for corporate training, and in the media for magazines, radio and TV.