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Includes well-known contributors such as Antonella Delle Fave, Joar Vittersø and Ed Diener
Contains cutting edge contributions on technology and philanthropy; two topics often left out of psychology titles
Introduces Positive Psychology as an applied science that can be used to create positive social transformation
International list of contributors representing 10 nationalities and 8 countries of residence
In recent times there has been growing interest in positive psychology. This is evidenced by the swell in positive psychology graduate programs, undergraduate courses, journals related to the topic, popular book titles on the topic and scholarly publications. Within the positive psychology community there has been an increased emphasis on the socially beneficial side of positive psychological science. At the First World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association there was a major push to look at positive psychology as a social change mechanism. This volume will bring together thoughts of leaders in positive psychology from 8 countries to capitalize on the push toward social change and flourishing. By releasing this title at a critical time Springer has the opportunity to help frame the agenda for positive psychology as a force for social change.
This seminal work is meant for anyone interested in happiness, strengths, flourishing or positive institutions It introduces Positive Psychology as an unapplied science that can be used to create positive social transformation and enabling institutions. This is a must-have title for academics, especially psychologists, sociologists, economists, and professionals working in the field of Positive Psychology and Well-Being.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Altruism - Coaching - Community Psychology - Education - Emotional Interventions - Empathy - Environmental Policy - Environmentalism - Flourishing - Good Life - Happiness - Homelessness - Materialism - Philanthrophy - Positive Psychology - Positive Schools - Prejudice - Public Health - Public Policy - Social Change - Technology - Therapy - Well-Being
1 What People Really Want in Life and Why It Matters: Contributions from Research on Folk Theories of the Good Life Christie Napa Scollon and Laura A. King Part I Some Cautionary Thoughts 2 Think Before You Think Nic Marks 3 Socially Responsible Cheermongery: On the Sociocultural Contexts and Levels of Social Happiness Policies Neil Thin Part II Positive Psychology and Public Policy 4 Monitoring Psychosocial Prosperity for Social Change Ed Diener and Carol Diener 5 Gross National Happiness: A Gift from Bhutan to the World George W. Burns 6 Ecological Challenges, Materialistic Values, and Social Change Tim Kasser 7 Positive Psychology and Public Health Dora Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir Part III Positive Psychology and Poverty 8 Positive Psychology and Poverty Robert Biswas-Diener and Lindsey Patterson xiii xiv Contents 9 Strengthening Underprivileged Communities: Strengths-Based Approaches as a Force for Positive Social Change in Community Development P. Alex Linley, Avirupa Bhaduri, Debasish Sen Sharma, and Reena Govindji Part IV Positive Psychology and Organizations 10 Creating Positive Social Change Through Building Positive Organizations: Four Levels of Intervention Nicky Garcea and P. Alex Linley 11 Organizational Democracy as a Force for Social Change Traci L. Fenton Part V Positive Psychology and a Focus on Others 12 Better Living Through Perspective Taking Sara D. Hodges, Brian A.M. Clark, and Michael W. Myers 13 Investing in Others: Prosocial Spending for (Pro)Social Change Lara B. Aknin, Gillian M. Sandstrom, Elizabeth W. Dunn, and Michael I. Norton Part VI Positive Psychology and Social Change Interventions 14 How Does Coaching Positively Impact Organizational and Societal Change? Sunny Stout Rostron 15 Positive Psychotherapy and Social Change Antonella Delle Fave and Giovanni A. Fava 16 Recreate or Create? Leisure as an Arena for Recovery and Change Joar Vittersø 17 Positive Computing Tomas Sander Part VII Change theWorld 18 Changing the World: The Science of Transformative Action Scott Sherman Editor’s Afterword Index Contributors