Exploring Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being

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ABC-CLIO, Oct 3, 2016 - Psychology - 277 pages
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Rather than focusing on treating what is "wrong" with a person, positive psychology seeks to understand and foster the things that drive happiness, creativity, and emotional fulfillment. This is a relatively new area of psychological study, and this reference book presents the research and practice of positive psychology in an informative and accessible format. Readers are given a history of the field, its current applications, and the future implications of this psychological discipline.

Case studies from companies such as The Body Shop, Volvo, Zappos, and Google highlight the impact of positive psychology when it's applied in a modern business setting. These case studies, along with biographies of leaders in the field, highlight each chapter and connect the dots between the empirical theory of positive psychology and its practice. Readers also receive tools to apply the practices to their own lives.

 

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Contents

1 An Introduction to Positive Psychology
1
2 Strengths
24
3 Flow
49
4 Resilience
69
5 Mindfulness
101
6 The Neuroscience of Positive Psychology
125
7 Storytelling and Positive Psychology
154
8 Positive Psychology in the Real World
181
9 The Road to Happiness
209
10 Finding Your Place within the World of Positive Psychology
230
Glossary
249
References and Further Reading
259
Index
273
About the Authors
279
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Erik M. Gregory, PhD, is executive director of the Media Psychology Research Center in Boston and a consultant with Attuning.org.

Pamela B. Rutledge, PhD, is director of the Media Psychology Center in Boston and a faculty member at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.

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