Savoring: A New Model of Positive Experience

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Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 278 pages
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This book is about savoring life—the capacity to attend to the joys, pleasures, and other positive feelings that we experience in our lives. The authors enhance our understanding of what savoring is and the conditions under which it occurs. Savoring provides a new theoretical model for conceptualizing and understanding the psychology of enjoyment and the processes through which people manage positive emotions. The authors review their quantitative research on savoring, as well as the research of others, and provide measurement instruments with scoring instructions for assessing and studying savoring.
 
Authors Bryant and Veroff outline the necessary preconditions that must exist for savoring to occur and distinguish savoring from related concepts such as coping, pleasure, positive affect, emotional intelligence, flow, and meditation. The book’s lifespan perspective includes a conceptual analysis of the role of time in savoring. Savoring is also considered in relation to human concerns, such as love, friendship, physical and mental health, creativity, and spirituality. Strategies and hands-on exercises that people can use to enhance savoring in their lives are provided, along with a review of factors that enhance savoring.
 
Savoring is intended for researchers, students, and practitioners interested in positive psychology from the fields of social, clinical, health, and personality psychology and related disciplines. The book may serve as a supplemental text in courses on positive psychology, emotion and motivation, and other related topics. The chapters on enhancing savoring will be especially attractive to clinicians and counselors interested in intervention strategies for positive psychological adjustment.

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Fred B. Bryant is Professor of Social Psychology at Loyola University in Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Northwestern University. Dr. Bryant is a highly active researcher with over 120 publications in social and personality psychology and he is the recipient of several teaching awards.
Joseph Veroff is Professor and Research Scientist Emeritus at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in Psychology. His previous nine books and other publications focus on social motivation and dimensions of subjective well-being.

JOSEPH VEROFF is a Professor of Psychology and research scientist at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan.

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