Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing (3rd Edition)

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William C. Compton, Edward L. Hoffman


SAGE Publications; Inc; 3rd edition




526 pages









Book Description

Presented in a manner that is subject-oriented; Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing, Third Edition (PDF/ePub); a contemporary and very entertaining introduction to the field of positive psychology is presented here. College students are encouraged by authors William Compton and Edward Hoffman to apply techniques to their own lives, situations, and experiences in order to guarantee that they understand the material. The text book investigates how the field of positive psychology can be used to traditional study domains such as developmental, personality, clinical, social, motivational, and behavioral psychology to better understand how stress and health are affected by these factors. In addition, the text presents several points of view on positive emotional states, as well as research and theory on positive qualities, coverage of positive institutions, and an outlook on the future of positive psychology. The third edition shows significant expansion in the discipline with hundreds of additional references and expanded information on topics including mindfulness; money and subjective well-being; and romantic love, among other issues.


1. A Grounding in the Principles of Optimistic Psychology 2. The Foundations: Feelings, Motivation, and the Nature of Optimal Health and Happiness 3. One’s Perceived Level of Happiness 4. Relaxation, Getting into the Flow, Being Mindful, and Achieving Your Peak Performance 5. Love and Well-Being. 6. A Good State of Health 7. Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius in their respective fields. 8. Well-Being Throughout All Stages of Life 9. Optimal Well-Being. 10. Well-being, as well as religious and spiritual practices. 11. The Existence of Thriving Institutions and Vibrant Cultures 12. A Glance Toward the Prospects of Positive Psychology in the Years to Come

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Table of contents

Table of contents :
Preface to the Third Edition
About the Authors
Chapter 1 • An Introduction to Positive Psychology
Welcome to Positive Psychology
Dimensions of Positive Psychology
Scope of Positive Psychology
Basic Themes of Positive Psychology
The Good Life
Positive Emotions Are Important
People Can Flourish and Thrive
People Need Positive Social Relationships
Strengths and Virtues Are Important
Compassion and Empathy Are Important
Independence of Positive and Negative Emotions
Negative Emotions Are Still Important
The Science of Well-Being
A Short History of Well-Being In The Western World
The Early Hebrews
The Greeks
Early Christianity and the Middle Ages
The Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment
Romanticism and the 19th Century
The 20th Century
Lessons on Well-Being From History
Positive Psychology Today
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 2 • Foundations: Emotion, Motivation, and the Nature of Well-Being
Basic Emotions
Components of Emotion
Biology of Emotions
Cognition: How We Think Impacts How We Feel
Behavior: How We Act Influences How We Feel
Social and Cultural Influences on Emotions
Moods and Well-Being
Positive Psychology and Motivation
Early Theories of Motivation
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
Motivation and the Pursuit of Goals
Well-Being and Positive Emotion
The Broaden-and-Build Model
Emotional Intelligence
Research Models of Happiness and Well-Being
Hedonic Perspectives
Eudaimonic Perspectives
Engagement Perspectives
Multidimensional Models of Well-Being
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 3 • Subjective Well-Being
Measurement of Subjective Well-Being
Self-Report Measures of Subjective Well-Being
Stability of Subjective Well-Being
Why Is Happiness Important?
Top-Down and Bottom-Up Theories
Top-Down Predictors of Subjective Well-Being
Cognition: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Positive Relationships With Other People
Personality Traits
Bottom-Up Predictors of Subjective Well-Being
Money, Income, and Wealth
Gender: Are Men or Women Happier?
Attractiveness, Climate, and Other Predictors
Impact of Discrimination on Subjective Well-Being
Bottom-Up Predictors and the “Happiest Man in America”
Increasing Happiness and Life Satisfaction
Intensity and Frequency of Positive Emotion
Strategies for Creating a Good Mood
Fordyce’s Happiness Training Program
Sustainable Happiness
Barbara Fredrickson’s Positivity
Quality of Life Therapy
Making Interventions More Effective
General Comments on Increasing Happiness
Can You Be Too Happy?
Cautionary Tales: The Down Side of Feeling Up
We Also Need Negative Emotions
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 4 • Leisure, Flow, Mindfulness, and Peak Performance
Leisure and Well-Being
What Turns an Activity Into “Leisure”?
Flow and Optimal Experience
Definition of Flow
Characteristics of Flow
Contexts and Situations of Flow
Unique Qualities of Flow
Flow and Subjective Well-Being
Absorption and Curiosity
Comments on the Theory of Flow
Ellen Langer’s Approach to Mindfulness
Buddhist-Inspired Mindfulness
Ellen Langer’s and Buddhist Mindfulness Compared
Peak Performance
Peak Performance in Sports
Comments on Flow, Mindfulness, Savoring, and Peak Performance
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 5 • Romantic Love and Positive Families
Genes, Hormones, and Marriage
Evolution and Love
The Biochemistry of Love
Marriage and Subjective Well-Being
Marriage and Physical Health
The Varieties of Love
A Two-Factor Theory of Love
The Love Styles
Sternberg’s Love Triangle
Love as a Prototype or an Ideal
The Love Hierarchy
Love 2.0
Finding Romance and Love
What Attracts Us to Someone?
Relationship Satisfaction: What Makes Them Feel Good?
Personality Traits
Relationship Stability: What Makes It Last?
What Does the Research Say About Stability?
Minding Relationships
Knowing and Being Known
Acceptance and Respect
Positive Families
What Makes a Flourishing Family?
The Family Life Cycle
Social and Cultural Influences
What Hurts Relationships?
Demand-Withdraw Pattern and Stonewalling
How to Nurture Positive Relationships That Last
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 6 • Positive Health
Positive Health
Vitality and Positive Health
Exercise and Positive Health
Vagal Tone and Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
Health Psychology and PNI
Psychological Factors Important to Health
Positive Emotionality
Social Support
Love and Positive Health
Humor and Positive Health
Music and Health
Emotional Expression and Health
Cognition and Thinking: Optimism, Hope, and Control
Hardiness and Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation
Positive Aging
Zestful Old Age
Positive Coping
Definition of Positive Coping
Importance of Daily Hassles
Dimensions of Positive Coping
Coping Styles
Comments on Positive Coping and Health
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 7 • Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius
Pursuit of Excellence
Foundations of Excellence
Development of Excellence
Aesthetics and the Good Life
Why Is Aesthetics Important?
Four Attributes of the Aesthetic Experience
Music and Well-Being
Art, Dance, Crafts, and Well-Being
Finding Beauty Outside the Arts
Origins of the Aesthetic Sense
Can Tragedy and Sadness Be Beautiful?
Little-c and Big-C Creativity
Research Perspectives on Creativity
Left Brain/Right Brain and Creativity
How to Enhance the Potential for Creativity
Genius and “Madness”
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 8 • Well-Being Across the Life Span
Well-Being Over The Life Span
Stage Models and Well-Being
Life Span and Life Course Models and Well-Being
Different Paths to Maturity: Individual Differences in Life Span Development
Narrative Approaches to the Life Span: Telling Stories to Make Sense of Our Lives
Adjusting to Difficult Life Events
Resilience in Children
Resilience in Adulthood
Healthy and Adaptive Defense Mechanisms
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 9 • Models of Optimal Well-Being
Wisdom: What Did King Solomon Have?
Preliminary Wisdom About Wisdom
Wisdom and Well-Being
Wisdom as a Stage of Life
Wisdom as Postformal Cognitive Development
Wisdom as a Form of Excellence
A Balance Theory of Wisdom
Wisdom as the “Master” Virtue
How to Cultivate Wisdom
Early Psychodynamic Ideas on Optimal Personality
Alfred Adler
Carl Jung
Erich Fromm
Existentialism and Authenticity
Rollo May
Viktor Frankl
Paul Wong and Positive Psychology 2.0
Authenticity: Finding One’s True Self
Humanistic Perspectives
Carl Rogers and the Fully Functioning Person
Abraham Maslow and Self-Actualization
Purpose In Life, The Quiet Ego, and Personal Growth
Purpose in Life
Jack Bauer and the Quiet Ego
Personal Growth Initiative
Personal Growth and Human Potential
The Optimal Personality: Common Themes
Marie Jahoda and Ideal Mental Health
Personality Traits Important for Optimal Well-Being
Your Inner Hero
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 10 • Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being
Religion and Subjective Well-Being
Religion and Health
Prayer and Well-Being
Why Is Religion Related to Well-Being?
A Sense of Meaning and Purpose In Life
Meaning and Subjective Well-Being
Types of Meaning
Ways to Create Meaning
The Sacred Emotions
Gratitude and Appreciation
Compassion and Empathy
Religious Experiences
Elation and Awe
Peak Experiences
Numinous Experiences
Contemplative Spirituality
Transpersonal Psychology
Contemplative Religious Traditions
Monastic Christianity
Meditation in Spiritual Traditions
Mysticism and The Brain
An Unusual Route to Transcendent Experiences
Entheogens and Religious Experiences
Psychological Theories of Religious Maturity
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Religiousness
Stages of Religious Cognition
Psychodynamic Perspectives on Religion
Perspectives on Morality and Ethics
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 11 • Positive Institutions and Cultural Well-Being
Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction
A Definition of Employee Engagement
What Promotes Employee Engagement?
A Strengths-Based Approach to Engagement
Employee Engagement: A Positive Work Environment
Conclusions About Employee Engagement
Careers That Use Positive Psychology
Positive Psychotherapy
Positive Psychology in Schools
Social Entrepreneurs
Academic Programs in Positive Psychology
Positive Communities
Social Well-Being
Flourishing Communities
Social Contagion: The Power of Social Networks
Community Psychology
Cross-Cultural Subjective Well-Being
Why Do Cultures Differ in Subjective Well-Being?
Comments on Culture and Well-Being
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration
Chapter 12 • A Look Toward the Future of Positive Psychology
How Do We Recognize a Life Well Lived?
Theories That Integrate Multiple Perspectives
Dov Shmotkin and Well-Being Modules
How Subjective Well-Being Is Created
New Research Methods
Qualitative Research
Systems Theory
Alternative Perspectives On Well-Being
Integrate Positive Psychology With Psychology
The Question of Values
Cross-Cultural Considerations
Cross-Cultural Well-Being
Postmodern Considerations
Toward The Future With Optimism
Learning Tools
Key Terms and Ideas
On the Web
Personal Exploration

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