Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology

Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology

by Christopher Peterson
     
 

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When we think of psychology, we think of a field dedicated to understanding and curing the dark side of life--addictions, phobias, compulsions, anxieties, and on and on. But there is a field of psychology that looks at the bright side, that considers seriously these questions: What makes life most worth living? And how can we pursue a good life? That field is… See more details below

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When we think of psychology, we think of a field dedicated to understanding and curing the dark side of life--addictions, phobias, compulsions, anxieties, and on and on. But there is a field of psychology that looks at the bright side, that considers seriously these questions: What makes life most worth living? And how can we pursue a good life? That field is called, not surprisingly, positive psychology.
In Pursuing the Good Life, one of the founders of positive psychology, Christopher Peterson, offers one hundred bite-sized reflections exploring the many sides of this exciting new field. With the humor, warmth, and wisdom that has made him an award-winning teacher, Peterson takes readers on a lively tour of the sunny side of the psychological street. What are the roles played by positive emotions and happiness, by strengths of character, by optimism, and by good relationships with others? How can we pursue the good life in families, workplaces, schools, and sports, no matter who we are or where we live? With titles such as "You May Now Kiss the Bride--And Would You Like Fries With That?" and "How Can You Tell If Someone from France is Happy?" Peterson good-humoredly explores these questions and many others, including such diverse topics as the difference between employment and work, the value of doing the right thing, and why books matter, among other subjects.
Throughout, Peterson shows that happiness is not simply the result of a fortunate spin of the genetic wheel. There are things that people can learn to do to lead happier lives. Pursuing the Good Life is both an enjoyable read and an invaluable guide to making the good life part of your everyday existence.

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"Witty, incisive, wise, tear-jerking."

-Martin P Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and author, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

"Peterson is clever, funny, and smart, and his writing reflects his quick brain."

-Kim Cameron, Associate Dean, Executive Education; William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations, University of Michigan

"An informative review of positive psychology research married with interesting, real-world examples of living the good life." — Psychology Today

"In his wonderful book Pursuing the Good Life, Christopher Peterson has provided the world with a precious gift. His wise, warm, witty, and insightful collection of reflections on positive psychology radiate the many strengths and virtues that are central to the field of positive psychology—humility, bravery, love, kindness, humor, citizenship, love of learning, and much more. With the lightest touch of a true master, Peterson surveys a vast territory of human experience, with blog posts on the critical focus of positive psychology, the nature of positive emotions and experiences, positive traits and talents, positive relationships, and the role of families, workplaces, schools, and geographical places in the good life. I highly recommend this book, and I will read it again and again. Sincere thanks to Christopher Peterson for his gift to the world." -Michael Hogan, PsycCRITIQUES

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199311538
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
547,237
File size:
2 MB

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