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In recent decades there has been a shift in focus from psychological and social problems-what might be called the "dark side" of humanity-to human well-being and flourishing. The Positive Psychology movement, along with changes in attitudes toward organisational and societal health, has generated a surge of interest in human happiness.

The Oxford Handbook of Happiness is the definitive text for researchers and practitioners interested in human happiness. Its editors and chapter contributors are world leaders in the investigation of happiness across the fields of psychology, organizational behaviour, education, philosophy, social policy and economics.

The study of happiness is at the nexus of four major scientific developments: the growing field of Positive Psychology which researches the conditions that make people flourish; advances in the biological and affective sciences which have contributed to the understanding of positive emotions; Positive Organizational Scholarship, an emerging discipline aimed at investigating and fostering excellence in organisations; and findings from economics indicating that traditional markers of economic and societal well-being are insufficient. The Oxford Handbook of Happiness offers readers a coherent, multi-disciplinary, and accessible text on the current state-of-the-art in happiness research.

This volume features ten sections that focus on psychological, philosophical, evolutionary, economic and spiritual approaches to happiness; happiness in society, education, organisations and relationships; and the assessment and development of happiness. Readers will find information on psychological constructs such as resilience, flow, and emotional intelligence; theories including broaden-and-build and self-determination; and explorations of topics including collective virtuousness, psychological capital, coaching, environmental sustainability and economic growth. This handbook will be useful to academics, practitioners, teachers, students, and all those interested in theory and research on human happiness.

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ISBN-13: 9780198714620
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/13/2014
Series: Oxford Library of Psychology
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 1104
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

Susan David, Co-director, Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA Director, Evidence Based Psychology, USA,Ilona Boniwell, Programme Leader, Applied Positive Psychology, University of East London, UK,Amanda Conley Ayers, Research Associate, Evidence Based Psychology, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Susan A. David, Ilona Boniwell, and Amanda Conley Ayers
Section 1: Psychological Approaches to Happiness
2. Introduction to Psychological Approaches to Happiness, Joar Vitterso
3. The Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions: Form, Function and Mechanisms, Anne M. Conway, Michele M. Tugade, Lahnna I. Catalino, and Barbara L. Fredrickson
4. The Endowment-Contrast Model: A Lens for Happiness Research, Dale Griffin and Richard Gonzalez
5. Past, Present and Future of Flow, Antonella Delle Fave
6. Emotionally Intelligent Happiness, Alia J. Crum and Peter Salovey
7. Religious Engagement and Well-Being, David G. Myers
8. Positive Psychological Experiences and Psychopathology: A Self-Regulatory Perspective, Patty Ferssizidis, Todd B. Kashdan, Rachel A. Marquart, and Michael F. Steger
9. The Rewards of Happiness, Katherine Jacobs Bao and Sonja Lyubomirsky
10. Happiness Experienced: The Science of Subjective Well-Being, William Pavot and Ed Diener

Section 2: Psychological Definitions of Happiness
11. Introduction to Psychological Definitions Of Happiness, Joar Vitterso
12. Notions of the Good Life, Ruut Veenhoven
13. Subjective Well-Being, Felicity F. Miao, Minkyung Koo, and Shigehiro Oishi
14. Measuring Happiness and Subjective Well-Being, Robert A. Cummins
15. Eudaimonia, Veronika Huta
16. What Makes for a Life Well Lived?: Autonomy and its relation to full functioning and organismic wellness, Christopher P. Niemiec and Richard M. Ryan
17. Functional Well-Being: Happiness as feelings, evaluations, and functioning, Joar Vitterso

Section 3: Philosophical Approaches to Happiness
18. Introduction to Philosophical Approaches to Happiness, James O. Pawelski
19. The Pursuit of Happiness in History, Darrin M. McMahon
20. Happiness in Early Chinese Thought, Philip J. Ivanhoe
21. Continental Contributions to our Understanding of Happiness and Suffering, Emmy van Deurzen
22. The Seductions of Happiness, Raymond Angelo Belliotti
23. The Nature and Significance of Happiness, Daniel M. Haybron
24. Philosophical Methods in Happiness Research, Valerie Tiberius
25. Happiness and its Opposites, James O. Pawelski

Section 4: Spiritual Approaches to Happiness
26. Introduction to Spiritual Approaches to Happiness, Jane Henry
27. A Buddhist View of Happiness, Matthieu Ricard
28. Relational Buddhism: An integrative psychology of happiness amidst existential suffering, Maurits G.T. Kwee
29. Well-being from the Hindu/Sanatana Dharma Perspective, Kiran Kumar K. Salagame
30. Flourishing Through Meditation and Mindfulness, Peter Malinowski
31. Heaven on Earth: beneficial effects of sanctification for individual and interpersonal wll-being, Annette Mahoney, Kenneth I. Pargament, and Krystal M. Hernandez
32. Quieting the Mind and Low Arousal Routes to Happiness, Jane Henry

Section 5: Happiness and Society
33. Introduction to Happiness and Society, Sam Thompson
34. Economics and the Study of Individual Happiness, Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer
35. Comparing Well-Being Across Nations: Conceptual and empirical issues, William Tov and Evelyn W.M. Au
36. The Geography of Happiness, Dimitris Ballas and Danny Dorling
37. Well-Being in Consumer Societies, Aaron Ahuvia and Elif Izberk-Bilgin
38. Well-being and Sustainable Development, Sam Thompson, Nic Marks, and Tim Jackson
39. Well-being and Public Policy, Geoff Mulgan

Section 6: Positive Education
Introduction to Positive Education Ilona Boniwell
41. Education and Well-being, John White
42. Should Education have Happiness Lessons?, Nash Popovic
43. Wellbeing and Resilience in Education, Toni Noble and Helen McGrath
44. Happiness in the Classroom, Jennifer M. Fox Eades, Carmel Proctor, and Martin Ashley
45. Applying Happiness and Well-Being Research to the Teaching and Learning Process, Laura McInerney
46. Resilience Education, Jane E. Gillham, Rachel M. Abenavoli, Steven M. Brunwasser, Karen J. Reivich, and Martin E.P. Seligman
47. Teaching for Wisdom, Robert J. Sternberg
48. Going Beyond the Accidental: Happiness, education, and the Wellington College Experience, Ian Morris
49. Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, Matthew A. White
Section 7: Happiness and Organizations
50. An Introduction to Happiness and Organizations, Arran Caza and Kim Cameron
51. Virtuousness as a Source of Happiness in Organizations, Kim S. Cameron and Arran Caza
52. How Work Shapes Well-Being, Brianna Caza and Amy Wrzesniewski
53. Work Design and Happiness: An Active, Reciprocal Perspective, Ben J. Searle and Sharon K. Parker
54. Jobs and Job-Holders: Two Sources of Happiness and Unhappiness, Peter Warr
55. Managing Psychological Capital in Organizations: Cognitive, affective, conative and social mechanisms of happiness, Carolyn M. Youssef and Fred Luthans
56. Reflected Best Self Engagement at Work: Positive identity, alignment, and the pursuit of vitality and value creation, Laura Morgan Roberts
57. Encouraging Employee Happiness, Thomas A. Wright
58. Executive Well-Being, James Campbell Quick and Jonathan D. Quick
Section 8: Relationships and Happiness

59. Introduction to Relationships and Happiness, Meliksah Demir
60. Close Relationships and Happiness, Shimon Saphire-Bernstein and Shelley E. Taylor
61. Adult Attachment and Happiness: Individual differences in the experience and consequences of positive emotions, Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver
62. Perceived Social Support and Happiness: The role of personality and relational processes, Brian Lakey
63. Friendship and happiness, Meliksah Demir, Haley Orthel, and Adrian Keith Andelin
Section 9: Development, Stability and Change of Happiness
64. Introduction to Development, Stability and Change of Happiness, Kate Hefferon
65. An Evolutionary Psychological Perspective on Happiness, Sarah E. Hill, Danielle J. DelPriore, and Brett Major
66. Set-Point Theory May Now Need Replacing: Death of a paradigm?, Bruce Headey
67. Variety is the Spice of Happiness: The hedonic adaptation prevention (HAP) model, Kennon M. Sheldon, Julia Boehm, and Sonja Lyubomirsky
68. Promotion and Protection of Positive Mental Health: Towards complete mental health in human development, Corey L.M. Keyes
69. Post-traumatic Growth: Eudaimonic Happiness in the Aftermath of Adversity, Stephen Joseph and Kate Hefferon
70. Creating a Stable Architectural Framework of Existence: Proposing a Model of Lifelong Meaning, Michael F. Steger, Anna Beeby, Samantha Garrett, and Todd B. Kashdan
Section 10: Happiness Interventions
71. Introduction to Happiness Interventions, Gordon B. Spence and Suzy Green
72. Increasing Happiness in the General Population: Empirically Supported Self-Help?, Acacia C. Parks, Stephen M. Schueller, and Arber Tasimi
73. Positive Psychology in Practice: Positive psychotherapy, Tayyab Rashid
74. Happiness in Valued Living: Acceptance and commitment therapy as a model for change, Louise Hayes
75. Coaching and Well-Being: A brief review of existing evidence, relevant theory and implications for practitioners, Gordon B. Spence and Anthony M. Grant
76. Mindfulness and Cultivating Well-Being in Older Adults, Laura M. Hsu, and Ellen J. Langer
77. Well-Being Therapy: Theoretical background, clinical implications and future directions, Giovanni A. Fava and Chiara Ruini
78. The Collaborative Recovery Model: Developing positive institutions to facilitate recovery in enduring mental illness, Lindsay G. Oades, Trevor P. Crowe and Frank P. Deane
79. Conclusion: The future of happiness, Susan A. David, Ilona Boniwell, and Amanda Conley Ayers

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