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The concept that happy individuals are successful across domains resonates within the scholarly, practitioner, and public views of optimal human functioning, and its study is called positive psychology. Now that positive psychology has reached its ten-year mark, it has grown into a fully developed discipline within the context of general psychology. Lopez, research director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, as well as a Gallup senior scientist, brings together a basic study in this interdisciplinary field. With 300 entries ranging from 400 to 4500 words, authored by over 150 leading international researchers, educators, and practitioners in the field of positive psychology, this comprehensive summary articulates the breadth, scope, and depth within the landscape of positive psychology. Written as a primer for the novice, it provides insight into the constructs and processes embedded in this arena together with extensive treatment of the subject across the social sciences. Entries include, among many others, "Altruism Hope Positive Emotions," "Character Education Insight Psychological Capital," "Emotional Intelligence Learned Optimism Strength," and "Well Being." The strength of the work is that it speaks to everyone clearly, concisely, and in plain English. Yet given this strength, providing a more comprehensive list of references would have enhanced the content significantly.
—Marianne E. Giltrud