The Human Pursuit of Well-Being

A Cultural Approach

Editors: Brdar, Ingrid (Ed.)

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  • One of the few books that brings together
  • European researchers in positive psychology
  • Presents research in Positive Psychology from different cultures
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This book brings together the latest research on positive psychology from an international cast of researchers and particularly from the growing body of European researchers. The chapters describe research and practice from diverse fields of positive psychology, covering topics such as happiness and well-being, motivation and goals, personality, academic performance and coping, measurement and interventions. The book emphasizes a cultural approach to the human pursuit of well-being. It is unique in that it presents research from a range of cultures, such as Russia, Croatia, and Egypt, in addition to ten different Western cultures. This approach helps broaden our understanding of those aspects of human experience that make life worth living in diverse cultural conditions. The book includes well-known and new authors from the field and contains selected papers that were presented at the 4th European Conference of Positive Psychology held in 2008 in Croatia.

About the authors

Professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia. Teaching undergraduate and graduate in methodology and communication, post-graduated courses in statistics, communication and positive psychology. Editor in chief of the journal Psychological Topics (Psihologijske teme). Areas of research interest: positive psychology (intrinsic motivation and well-being, eudaimonic happiness, cross-cultural happiness), coping with stress, and social competence. Senior researcher in scientific project "Determinants of adolescents' optimal development and psychological well-being", financed by Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. Current research collaboration with colleagues from seven countries on the project "Cross-Cultural Investigation of Eudaimonic Happiness". Chair of the Scientific Committee in organizing 4th European Conference in Positive Psychology and member of the scientific Committee of the 5th European Conference in Positive Psychology, to be held in Denmark in 2010. Member of the Management Board Committee of the European Network of Positive Psychology. Co-author of the Croatian university textbook in positive psychology.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

Table of contents (22 chapters)
  • Can We Get Happier Than We Are?

    Pages 3-14

    Veenhoven, Ruut

  • Self-serving Attributional Bias and Hedonic and Eudaimonic Aspects of Well-Being

    Pages 15-26

    Sanjuán, Pilar (et al.)

  • Affect Specificity as Indicators of National Well-Being: Representative Sample of Croatia

    Pages 27-38

    Prizmić-Larsen, Zvjezdana (et al.)

  • The Effect of Leisure Activities on Life Satisfaction: The Importance of Holiday Trips

    Pages 39-53

    Nawijn, Jeroen (et al.)

  • From Flow to Optimal Experience: (Re)Searching the Quality of Subjective Experience Throughout Daily Life

    Pages 55-63

    Freire, Teresa

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Human Pursuit of Well-Being
Book Subtitle
A Cultural Approach
Editors
  • Ingrid Brdar
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1375-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1375-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1374-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8333-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 271
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