The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness
Author: Michael Argyle
Pages: 276
ISBN: 0415226651
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Release: 2001
Editor: Psychology Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of research into the nature of happiness. Drawing on research from sociology, physiology and economies as well as psychology, the author explores the nature of positive and negative emotions, and the psychological and cognitive processes involved in their generation. (Midwest).

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness
Author: Michael Argyle
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781317797876
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Release: 2013-10-23
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What is happiness? Why are some people happier than others? This new edition of The Psychology of Happiness provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of research into the nature of happiness. Major research developments have occurred since publication of the first edition in 1987 – here they are brought together for the first time, often with surprising conclusions. Drawing on research from the disciplines of sociology, physiology and economics as well as psychology, Michael Argyle explores the nature of positive and negative emotions, and the psychological and cognitive processes involved in their generation. Accessible and wide-ranging coverage is provided on key issues such as: the measurements and study of happiness, mental and physical health; the effect of friendship, marriage and other relationships on positive moods; happiness, mental and physical health; the effects of work, employment and leisure; and the effects of money, class and education. The importance of individual personality traits such as optimism, purpose in life, internal control and having the right kind of goals is also analysed. New to this edition is additional material on national differences, the role of humour, and the effect of religion. Are some countries happier than others? This is just one of the controversial issues addressed by the author along the way. Finally the book discusses the practical application of research in this area, such as how happiness can be enhanced, and the effects of happiness on health, altruism and sociability. This definitive and thought-provoking work will be compulsive reading for students, researchers and the interested general reader

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness
Author: Peter Warr
Pages: 110
ISBN: 9781351610094
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Release: 2019-04-01
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Is happiness all down to luck? Do events in our life influence how happy we feel? Can too much of a good thing make us less happy? The Psychology of Happiness introduces readers to the variety of factors that can affect how happy we are. From our personality and feelings of self-worth, to our physical health and employment status, happiness is a subjective experience which will change throughout our lives. Although feeling happy is linked with positive thinking and our sociability in daily life, the book also includes surprising facts about the limitations of our personal happiness. We all want to feel happy in our lives, and The Psychology of Happiness shows us that achieving it can be both an accident of fortune and as a direct result of our own actions and influence.

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness
Author: Samuel S. Franklin
Pages: 179
ISBN: 9780521191302
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Release: 2010
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Psychology of Happiness brings together a wide array of psychological theory and research supporting Aristotle's fulfilment view of happiness.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to the Psychology of Happiness

The Complete Idiot s Guide to the Psychology of Happiness
Author: Arlene Uhl
Pages: 310
ISBN: 1592577113
Available:
Release: 2008
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Despite thousands of products and gurus devoted to the pursuit of happiness, this quality has remained until recently one of life's most elusive goals - prized by everyone, understood by few. Ten years ago, psychologists led by Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, founded the new discipline of Positive Psychology - literally the study of what makes people happy. Now, at hundreds of major universities across America, courses on Positive Psychology have become the best attended, most popular psychology courses. Because of its universal appeal, the white hot popularity of the subject has expanded beyond campuses into the general culture. We all want to know what science can teach us about living a happier, more satisfying life - especially as life spans grow longer. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to the Psychology of Happinesspulls together all of the current research in the study of happiness and helps us understand how to apply it to our everyday lives. From the workplace to the family, from personal relationships to issues of faith and spiritual fulfilment, psychology professor and psychotherapist Arlene Matthews Uhl - writing with humor, authority, and jargon-free common sense - leads the reader through practical guidance and motivation to achieve a greater sense of fulfilment and joy.

The Psychology of Happiness in the Modern World

The Psychology of Happiness in the Modern World
Author: Dr. James B. Allen, PhD
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780826132833
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Release: 2017-07-26
Editor: Springer Publishing Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Written in a conversational style yet empirically grounded, this book reviews what we know about the science of happiness. It is the first text to closely examine the social psychological processes as well as individualistic approaches that affect happiness. It explores how our social, cultural, and economic environment, the personal choices we make, and our evolutionary heritage shape our happiness. Topics that are inherently interesting to students such as how income and unemployment, marriage, children, and relationships, health, work, religion, economic growth, and personal safety affect happiness, are reviewed. Research from psychology, economics, and sociology is examined providing an interdisciplinary perspective of this fascinating field. Social issues such as income inequality and the effects of advertising, materialism, and competition are also explored. Highlights include: Covers both the socio-structural issues and individual differences that impact our happiness providing the most comprehensive coverage of any text available. Emphasizes a social psychological approach that considers factors such as income, economics, culture, work, materialism, relationships, religion, and more, often ignored in other texts. Relates the material to students’ lives by posing questions throughout the text to further spark interest in the subject matter. Highlights the latest research and the methodologies used to obtain it to help students better understand how to interpret results. Reviews the evidence that shows that happiness can change over time and how to increase it. Examines how positive emotions and how we interpret events impacts our well-being, along with empirically verified interventions and possible societal changes that can improve happiness. Features a chapter on evolutionary psychology that suggests that there are limits to happiness but how it can be enhanced by pursuing behaviors associated with the successes of our ancestors. Intersperses summary paragraphs throughout the chapters to facilitate learning. Provides discussion questions, activities, assignments, and suggested videos, websites, examples, and additional readings in the instructor’s resources to stimulate critical thinking and class discussion. Features web based instructor’s resources including PowerPoints, sample syllabi, lecture tips and suggestions, and more. Intended for as a text upper-division courses in the psychology of happiness or positive psychology or as a supplement in courses in social or health psychology or psychology of adjustment.

Flow

Flow
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781448177707
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Release: 2013-11-15
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of a perfect state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time; and how to make our lives meaningful.

Authentic Happiness

Authentic Happiness
Author: Martin E. P. Seligman
Pages: 321
ISBN: 0743222970
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Release: 2002-08-27
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Argues that happiness can be a learned and cultivated behavior, explaining how every person possesses at least five of twenty-four profiled strengths that can be built on in order to improve life.

The How of Happiness

The How of Happiness
Author: Sonja Lyubomirsky
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781101202807
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Release: 2007-12-27
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Learn how to achieve the happiness you deserve "A guide to sustaining your newfound contentment."—Psychology Today You see here a different kind of happiness book. The How of Happiness is a comprehensive guide to understanding the elements of happiness based on years of groundbreaking scientific research. It is also a practical, empowering, and easy-to-follow workbook, incorporating happiness strategies, excercises in new ways of thinking, and quizzes for understanding our individuality, all in an effort to help us realize our innate potential for joy and ways to sustain it in our lives. Drawing upon years of pioneering research with thousands of men and women, The How of Happiness is both a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology and a gift to people who have sought to take their happiness into their own hands.

The Psychology and Economics of Happiness

The Psychology and Economics of Happiness
Author: Lok Sang Ho
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781134577385
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Release: 2013-10-30
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Much attention has been given to the economics of everyday life, which typically applies economic principles to the analysis of the different choices that people face under different situations. Yet there are hardly any books on the economics of life—an economics that takes the finite lifespan as the starting point and that looks at how one can maximize the subjective value from life given the constraint of the limited lifespan. In this volume, Lok Sang Ho suggests that the lack of progress in happiness among developed countries despite significant economic growth is due to a deficit of "mental goods", rather than a lack of material goods. The author stresses the role of culture and mental habits in determining the efficacy of gaining mental goods which includes love, a sense of security and autonomy, contentment, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and freedom from anxiety. Drawing on empirical research, the book explores how to invest, work, and consume from a whole life perspective, arguing that every action - consumption, investment, or work - should enhance the total quality of life. This overriding concern about life itself is known as love. The Psychology and Economics of Happiness uses the analytical framework of economists on a subject studied by positive psychologists, drawing both from empirical evidence and from psychological literature. It will be of interest to researchers and academics interested in economic and positive psychology, as well as those from related fields keen to learn more about living fuller, happier lives.

Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness
Author: Daniel Gilbert
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780307371362
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Release: 2009-02-24
Editor: Vintage Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we’re so lousy at predicting what will make us happy – and what we can do about it. Most of us spend our lives steering ourselves toward the best of all possible futures, only to find that tomorrow rarely turns out as we had expected. Why? As Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert explains, when people try to imagine what the future will hold, they make some basic and consistent mistakes. Just as memory plays tricks on us when we try to look backward in time, so does imagination play tricks when we try to look forward. Using cutting-edge research, much of it original, Gilbert shakes, cajoles, persuades, tricks and jokes us into accepting the fact that happiness is not really what or where we thought it was. Among the unexpected questions he poses: Why are conjoined twins no less happy than the general population? When you go out to eat, is it better to order your favourite dish every time, or to try something new? If Ingrid Bergman hadn’t gotten on the plane at the end of Casablanca, would she and Bogey have been better off? Smart, witty, accessible and laugh-out-loud funny, Stumbling on Happiness brilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there.

The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage
Author: Shawn Achor
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307591562
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Release: 2010-09-14
Editor: Currency
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • The happy secret to greater success and fulfillment in work and life—a must-read for everyone trying to flourish in a world of increasing stress and negativity “Thoughtfully lays out the steps to increasing workplace positivity.”—Forbes In the book that inspired one of the most popular TED Talks of all time, New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor reveals how rewiring our brain for happiness helps us achieve more in our careers and our relationships and as students, leaders, and parents. Conventional wisdom holds that once we succeed, we’ll be happy; that once we get that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But the science reveals this formula to be backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. Research shows that happy employees are more productive, more creative, and better problem solvers than their unhappy peers. And positive people are significantly healthier and less stressed and enjoy deeper social interaction than the less positive people around them. Drawing on his original research—including one of the largest studies of happiness ever conducted—and work in boardrooms and classrooms across forty-two countries, Achor shows us how to rewire our brains for positivity and optimism to reap the happiness advantage in our lives, our careers, and even our health. His strategies include: • The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility so we can see and seize opportunities all around us • Social Investment: how to earn the dividends of a strong social support network • The Ripple Effect: how to spread positive change within our teams, companies, and families By turns fascinating, hopeful, and timely, The Happiness Advantage reveals how small shifts in our mind-set and habits can produce big gains at work, at home, and elsewhere.

Understanding Happiness

Understanding Happiness
Author: Mick Power
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9781317399858
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Release: 2015-11-23
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

We all want to be happy, and there are plenty of people telling us how it can be achieved. The positive psychology movement, indeed, has established happiness as a scientific concept within everyone’s grasp. But is happiness really something we can actively aim for, or is it simply a by-product of how we live our lives more widely? Dr. Mick Power, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Clinical Programmes at the National University of Singapore, provides a critical assessment of what happiness really means, and the evidence for how it can be increased. Arguing that negative emotions are as important to overall well-being as the sunnier sides of our disposition, the book examines many of the claims of the positive psychology movement, including the relationship between happiness and physical health, and argues that resilience, adaptability in the face of adversity, psychological flexibility, and a sense of generativity and creativity are far more achievable as life goals. This is a book which will fascinate anyone interested in positive psychology, or anyone who has ever questioned the plethora of publications suggesting that blissful happiness is ten easy steps away.

Happiness

Happiness
Author: Ed Diener,Robert Biswas-Diener
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781444356557
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Release: 2011-09-07
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Utilizing sophisticated methodology and three decades of research by the world's leading expert on happiness, Happiness challenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness. shares the results of three decades of research on our notions of happiness covers the most important advances in our understanding of happiness offers readers unparalleled access to the world's leading experts on happiness provides "real world" examples that will resonate with general readers as well as scholars Winner of the 2008 PSP Prose Award for Excellence in Psychology, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers

The Power of Meaning

The Power of Meaning
Author: Emily Esfahani-Smith
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780143194194
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Release: 2017-01-10
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For anyone exhausted or disillusioned by the perpetual pursuit of personal happiness, here is the antidote: a book about the pursuit of meaning, a better route to a fulfilling life. We have a lot to be happy about. And yet, we're more dissatisfied than ever. In The Power of Meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith argues that we've been chasing the wrong thing. It's not happiness that makes life worth living--it's meaning. Drawing on the latest cognitive science research, as well as insights from literature and philosophy and her own prodigious reporting, Smith shows that by developing a "meaning mindset," we can all achieve a deeper satisfaction. With a warm, assured voice that moves effortlessly from George Eliot and Aristotle to Monty Python and Louis C.K., Smith spells out the four pillars of the meaning mindset: cultivating connections to others, working toward our life's purpose, telling stories about our place in the world, and finding transcendence. And she shows us how we can lean on the pillars in difficult times, and how we might begin to build a culture of meaning in our families, our workplaces, and our communities. Stirring, inspiring, and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking more in life.

Psychology 2e

Psychology 2e
Author: Rose M. Spielman,William J. Jenkins,Marilyn D. Lovett
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1951693310
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Release: 2020-04-22
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
Author: Alan Carr
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781136583087
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Release: 2013-09-05
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Remediating deficits and managing disabilities has been a central preoccupation for clinical psychologists. Positive Psychology, in contrast, is concerned with the enhancement of happiness and well-being, involving the scientific study of the role of personal strengths and positive social systems in the promotion of optimal wellbeing. Alan Carr's Positive Psychology has become essential reading for anyone requiring a thorough and accessible introduction to the field. This new edition retains all the features that made the first edition so popular, including: accounts of major theories and relevant research learning objectives chapter summaries research and personal development questions suggestions for further reading measures for use in research glossaries of new terms. The book has also been completely updated to take account of recent research and major advances, and includes a new chapter on Positive Psychotherapy, an extended account of research on character strengths and virtues, and a discussion of recent ground-breaking research on emotional intelligence. This new edition of Positive Psychology will prove a valuable resource for psychology students and lecturers, as well as those involved in postgraduate training in related areas such as clinical psychology, social work, counselling and psychotherapy.

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness
Author: Robert Najemy
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780971011601
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Release: 2001-08-01
Editor: Robert Najemy
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The Psychology of Happiness" penetrates to the heart of the subject of human happiness in a deep yet simple manner. The work offers a variety of techniques, questionnaires, and guidelines for creating happiness and covers a variety of psychological issues.

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness
Author: Bob Dempsey
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781468965384
Available:
Release: 2015-09-30
Editor: Booktango
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

You want to be happy, but how much extra time do you really have to research? Cut through the anecdotes, opinions, and fluffy one-liners and see what science says about getting happy. You'll learn: 4 Proven Ways to Increase Happiness Money & Happiness What Determines Your Happiness Level Controlling Happiness Confusions and Obstacles to Happiness Hi, I'm Bob Dempsey. I’m the crash test dummy of happiness. Testing what works, so you don’t have to. Join me and learn exactly how to improve your life. Period. I’ve been featured on Lifehack, The Good Men Project, Pick The Brain, Finer Minds, and Change Your Thoughts, to name a few. I have a growing community of over 13, 000 amazing people getting my newsletter and picture quotes.

Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
Author: William C. Compton,Edward Hoffman
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9781544322933
Available:
Release: 2019-01-09
Editor: SAGE Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.