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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
The Science of Happiness and Flourishing

Third Edition

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Psychological Health

February 2019 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Topically organized, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing presents a highly engaging, up-to-date introduction to positive psychology. Authors William C. Compton and Edward Hoffman invite students to apply practices to their own lives, contexts, and experiences to ensure understanding. The text examines how positive psychology applies to stressors and health within such traditional research areas as developmental, clinical, personality, motivational, social, and behavioral psychology. Furthermore, the text offers perspectives on positive emotional states, research and theory on positive traits, coverage of positive institutions, and a look at the future of positive psychology. The Third Edition reflects significant growth in field with hundreds of new references and expanded content on topics including mindfulness, money and subjective well-being, and romantic love.

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About the Authors
1. An Introduction to Positive Psychology
Welcome to Positive Psychology

Dimensions of Positive Psychology

Scope of Positive Psychology

Basic Themes of Positive Psychology

A Short History of Well-Being in the Western World

Positive Psychology Today

2. Foundations: Emotion, Motivation, and the Nature of Well-Being
Basic Emotions

Components of Emotion

Moods and Well-Being

Positive Psychology and Motivation

Well-Being and Positive Emotion

Research Models of Happiness and Well-Being

3. Subjective Well-Being
Measurement of Subjective Well-Being

Top-Down Predictors of Subjective Well-Being

Bottom-Up Predictors of Subjective Well-Being

Increasing Happiness and Life Satisfaction

Can You Be Too Happy?

4. Leisure, Flow, Mindfulness, and Peak Performance

Flow and Optimal Experience



Peak Performance

5. Romantic Love and Positive Families
Genes, Hormones, and Marriage

The Varieties of Love

Finding Romance and Love

Relationship Satisfaction: What Makes Them Feel Good?

Relationship Stability: What Makes It Last?

Minding Relationships

Positive Families

What Hurts Relationships?

How to Nurture Positive Relationships That Last

6. Positive Health

Positive Health

Psychological Factors Important to Health

Hardiness and Mindfulness Meditation

Positive Aging

Positive Coping

7. Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius
Pursuit of Excellence

Foundations of Excellence

Aesthetics and the Good Life



8. Well-Being Across the Life Span
Well-Being Over the Life Span

Adjusting to Difficult Life Events

9. Models of Optimal Well-Being
Wisdom: What Did King Solomon Have?

Early Psychodynamic Ideas on Optimal Personality

Existentialism and Authenticity

Humanistic Perspectives

Purpose in Life, the Quiet Ego, and Personal Growth

The Optimal Personality: Common Themes

Your Inner Hero

10. Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being
A Sense of Meaning and Purpose in Life

The Sacred Emotions

Religious Experiences

Contemplative Spirituality

Contemplative Religious Traditions

Mysticism and the Brain

Psychological Theories of Religious Maturity

11. Positive Institutions and Cultural Well-Being
Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction

Careers That Use Positive Psychology

Positive Communities

Cross-Cultural Subjective Well-Being

12. A Look Toward the Future of Positive Psychology
How Do We Recognize a Life Well Lived?

Theories That Integrate Multiple Perspectives

New Research Methods

Alternative Perspectives on Well-Being

Integrate Positive Psychology With Psychology

The Question of Values

Cross-Cultural Considerations

Toward the Future With Optimism



Instructor Resource Site

Free online resources for instructors are available on the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.

  • A test bank provides a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course.
Additional free resources include short author-created pieces that connect Positive Psychology, Third Edition content to the real world in terms of stress and related implications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

love the accompanying workbook

Dr Jacob Jones
Social and Behavioral Sciences, Colorado Mesa University-Grand Junction
July 22, 2020

William C. Compton

Edward Leslie Hoffman

Also available as a South Asia Edition.

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ISBN: 9781544322926