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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
The Science of Well-Being

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November 2019 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Positive Psychology brings together a range of research and a comprehensive review of the more recent work and lessons learned since the founder’s original vision of this field. Organised into five sections: An Introduction, Positive Experiences, Personality Processes, External Influences, and Applications, this text provides a thorough introduction to an interesting and challenging area in Psychology. With a final look at the future of Positive Psychology, and its potential to inform social change and how useful this knowledge can be when considering the well-being of entire societies, this text is an enlightening read and invaluable resources for students.

Strongly guided by empirical work this text encourages the reader to think critically and go beyond the facts.

Key features:

  • Provides a framework for teaching and understanding global trends in Positive Psychology.
  • Inclusion and a review of up-to-date research.
  • Using storytelling and happiness’s intrinsic appeal to foster interest in the methods we use to answer important questions in Positive Psychology.
  • Online resources including student self-tests, an instructor test bank, and links to additional web content.


Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1 Describing the Science of Positive Psychology
Part II: Happiness and Positive States
Chapter 2 Positive Emotions
Chapter 3 Happiness
Part III: Personality Processes
Chapter 4 Personality
Chapter 5 The Self
Chapter 6 Thinking
Part IV: Social, Psychological, and Physical Environments
Chapter 7 Social and Physical Environments
Chapter 8 Close Relationships
Part V: Towards Increasing Positivity
Chapter 9 Stability and Change
Chapter 10 Looking Forward


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This website includes:
  • An Instructor Testbank
  • Student Multiple Choice Questions
  • Flashcard glossary

The book starts with consideration of what Positive Psychology actually means. This is followed by chapters addressing happiness, emotions, environments and the future – for us as psychologists and the science. I particularly liked the highlighting of areas of deficiency in research so far, signposting areas where today’s students can innovate and explore. 

 It would seem the time is right for a more current teaching text and I found this book to be insightful and inspiring. 

Stuart Hillston
The British Psychological Society

This is a fascinating insight into how psychology can actively promote wellbeing. Really contemporary content combined with an engaging tone and helpful web links make this a must-read for any students keen to see how psychology can be applied in a positive way.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
September 27, 2020

Useful for psychology students more than trainee teachers but some useful information nevertheless. Have passed the booked on to our psychology department for adoption.

Ms Kelly Stewart
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Central Lancashire
February 18, 2020

This is not a topic that is covered in my modules but an excellent book to have on the reading list.

Ms Lucy Helen Anacleto
Social Science, Coventry University Scarborough Campus
June 28, 2019

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Chapter 9: Stability and Change

John Zelenski

John Zelenski is a Professor of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.  As a researcher and director of the Carleton University Happiness Laboratory, he studies individual differences in happiness, and how personality manifests itself ‘in the moment’ as emotional, behavioural, and cognitive processes. John’s recent work has focused on two areas: the causes and consequences of social behaviour (e.g., in relation to the personality trait of introversion-extraversion), and the links among nature, people’s sense of connection to nature (nature relatedness), happiness, and environmentally sustainable behaviour. John also... More About Author