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The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness Author Michael Argyle
ISBN-10 9781317797876
Release 2013-10-23
Pages 288
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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

Psychology of Happiness

Psychology of Happiness Author Anna Mäkinen
ISBN-10 1608765555
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 212
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Recent research attests to the importance of three distinct orientations to happiness -- pleasure, engagement, and meaning -- which together integrate hedonic and eudaimonic approaches to the good life. This book considers the concept of meaning in life, a crucial variable for physical health and psychological adjustment in a variety of contexts. This book also reviews the current state of literature on childhood happiness, including definitional issues applying to the term happiness, neurological correlates of happiness and a discussion of the consequences of disrupted homes on childhood happiness and a discussion of potentially undesirable cognitive consequences of a happy state. The authors also review and discuss studies on humour and discuss its role in the social functioning of people with Asperger Syndrome (AS). The argument is presented that happiness is also related to one's hope for the future, presenting evidence that positive affect or happiness is related to hope as assessed by several different measures. In addition, a term called "emotional breathing" is introduced. Physiological and psychological perspectives on the concept of coexistence of breathing and emotion is offered. The connection between the psychology of happiness and tourism is examined as well.

The Psychology of Happiness in the Modern World

The Psychology of Happiness in the Modern World Author Dr. James B. Allen, PhD
ISBN-10 9780826132833
Release 2017-07-26
Pages 400
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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.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to the Psychology of Happiness

The Complete Idiot s Guide to the Psychology of Happiness Author Arlene Matthews Uhl
ISBN-10 1592577113
Release 2008
Pages 310
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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.


Flow Author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
ISBN-10 9781448177707
Release 2013-11-15
Pages 320
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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.

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness Author Robert Najemy
ISBN-10 9780971011601
Release 2001-08-01
Pages 352
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"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 Walter B. Pitkin
ISBN-10 WISC:89094560943
Release 1929
Pages 419
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The psychology of happiness has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The psychology of happiness also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The psychology of happiness book for free.

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness Author Samuel S. Franklin
ISBN-10 9780521191302
Release 2010
Pages 179
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The Psychology of Happiness brings together a wide array of psychological theory and research supporting Aristotle's fulfilment view of happiness.

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness Author Leo Harry Durand
ISBN-10 MINN:319510008893630
Release 1968
Pages 215
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The Psychology of Happiness has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Psychology of Happiness also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Psychology of Happiness book for free.


Happiness Author Ed Diener
ISBN-10 9781444356557
Release 2011-09-07
Pages 304
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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

Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness Author Daniel Gilbert
ISBN-10 9780307371362
Release 2009-02-24
Pages 336
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

The Psychology of Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness Author Walter Pitkin
ISBN-10 1417938463
Release 2004-07-01
Pages 428
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1929. Pitkin, philosopher and pundit, published prolifically during the late 1920s and the 1930s, writing textbooks, short stories, popular psychology, and numerous magazine editorials. His concerns over human intelligence and social decline emerged in textbooks on rapid reading and treatises on the psychology of success and achievement. He is most well known for his authorship of the best-selling nonfiction Life Begins at Forty, a self-help book that counseled all those who needed to learn to live more abundantly on less. In this volume he advocates that for the first time in the career of mankind happiness is coming within the reach of millions of people and that today happy living can be attained by at least six or seven people out of every ten, simply by the right education, the right organization of personal effort, and the right selection of one's life work and environment.

The Psychology and Economics of Happiness

The Psychology and Economics of Happiness Author Lok Sang Ho
ISBN-10 9781134577316
Release 2013-10-30
Pages 152
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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.

The Psychology of Happiness and Well Being

The Psychology of Happiness and Well Being Author Vali Nasser
ISBN-10 9780557259892
Release 2009-12
Pages 110
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The Psychology of Happiness and Well-being is not a quick fix guide to happiness. Its main emphasis is to point out the findings on happiness studies that have withstood the rigor of ‘controlled’ trials. This book demonstrates that several intuitively appealing techniques that show initial promise, fail to show the benefits claimed, when put to scientific scrutiny.On a more optimistic note the author investigates a number of tried and tested techniques in the field of Positive Psychology that can actually help us feel happier, as well as techniques in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that can improve our well-being. This book includes many practical examples as well as activities that individuals can undertake to improve their happiness and well-being.The author has a degree in Cognitive and Social Psychology as well as a degree in Mathematics and Physics. In addition he has an advanced qualification in Managing Change and has been practicing Mindfulness Meditation for 5 years.

Authentic Happiness

Authentic Happiness Author Martin Seligman
ISBN-10 9781857884135
Release 2011-01-11
Pages 338
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In this important, entertaining book, one of the world's most celebrated psychologists, Martin Seligman, asserts that happiness can be learned and cultivated, and that everyone has the power to inject real joy into their lives. In Authentic Happiness, he describes the 24 strengths and virtues unique to the human psyche. Each of us, it seems, has at least five of these attributes, and can build on them to identify and develop to our maximum potential. By incorporating these strengths - which include kindness, originality, humour, optimism, curiosity, enthusiasm and generosity -- into our everyday lives, he tells us, we can reach new levels of optimism, happiness and productivity. Authentic Happiness provides a variety of tests and unique assessment tools to enable readers to discover and deploy those strengths at work, in love and in raising children. By accessing the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and lasting levels of authentic contentment and joy.


Happiness Author Daniel Nettle
ISBN-10 9780191604744
Release 2005-05-12
Pages 224
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What exactly is happiness? Can we measure it? Why are some people happy and others not? And is there a drug that could eliminate all unhappiness? People all over the world, and throughout the ages, have thought about happiness, argued about its nature, and, most of all, desired it. But why do we have such a strong instinct to pursue happiness? And if happiness is good in itself, why haven't we simply evolved to be happier? Daniel Nettle uses the results of the latest psychological studies to ask what makes people happy and unhappy, what happiness really is, and to examine our urge to achieve it. Along the way we look at brain systems, at mind-altering drugs, and how happiness is now marketed to us as a commodity. Nettle concludes that while it may be unrealistic to expect lasting happiness, our evolved tendency to seek happiness drives us to achieve much that is worthwhile in itself. What is more, it seems to be not your particular circumstances that define whether you are happy so much as your attitude towards life. Happiness gives us the latest scientific insights into the nature of our feelings of well-being, and what these imply for how we might live our lives.

Positive Psychology Coaching

Positive Psychology Coaching Author Robert Biswas-Diener
ISBN-10 0470893087
Release 2010-06-03
Pages 272
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Positive psychology moves psychology from a medical model toward a strengths model to help clients shore up their strengths and thereby lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients provides concrete language and interventions for integrating positive psychology techniques into any mental health practice.