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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, 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.
Table of Contents
Psychological Approaches 1. Introduction to Psychological Approaches, Joar Vitterso 2. 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 3. The Endowment-Contrast Model: A Lens for Happiness Research, Dale Griffin and Richard Gonzalez 4. Past, Present and Future of Flow, Antonella Delle Fave 5. Emotionally Intelligent Happiness, Alia J. Crum and Peter Salovey 6. Religious Engagement and Well-Being, David G. Myer 7. Positive Psychological Experiences and Psychopathology: A Self-Regulatory Perspective, 1) Patty Ferssizidis, Todd B. Kashdan, Rachel A. Marquart, and Michael F. Steger 8. The Rewards of Happiness, Katherine Jacobs and Sonja Lyubomirsky 9. Happiness Experienced: The Science of Subjective Well-Being, William Pavot and Ed Diener Psychological Definitions 10. Introduction to Psychological Definitions, Joar Vitterso 11. Notions of the Good Life, Ruut Veenhoven 12. Subjective Well-Being, Felicity F. Miao, Minkyung Koo, and Shigehiro Oishi 13. Measuring Happiness and Subjective Well-Being, Robert A. Cummins 14. Eudaimonia, Veronika Huta 15. What makes for a life well lived? Autonomy and its relation to full functioning and organismic wellness, Christopher P. Niemiec and Richard M. Ryan 16. Functional Well-Being: Happiness as Feelings, Evaluations, and Functioning, 1) Joar Vitterso Philosophical Approaches to Happiness 17. Introduction to Philosophical Contributions to the Study of Happiness, James O. Pawelski 18. The Pursuit of Happiness in History, Darrin M. McMahon 19. Happiness in Early Chinese Thought, Philip J. Ivanhoe 20. Continental Contributions to our Understanding of Happiness and Suffering, Emmy van Deurzen 21. The Seductions of Happiness, Raymond Angelo Belliotti 22. The Nature and Significance of Happiness, Daniel M. Haybron 23. Philosophical Methods in Happiness Research, Valerie Tiberius 24. Happiness and Its Opposites, James O. Pawelski Spiritual Approaches to Happiness 25. Introduction to Spiritual Approaches to Happiness, Jane Henry 26. A Buddhist View of Happiness, Matthieu Ricard 27. Relational Buddhism: An Integrative Psychology of Happiness amidst Existential Suffering, Maurits G.T. Kwee 28. Well-being from the Hindu/Sanatana Dharma Perspective, Kiran Kumar K. Salagame 29. Flourishing through Meditation and Mindfulness, Peter Malinowski 30. Heaven on Earth: Beneficial Effects of Sanctification for Individual and Interpersonal Well-being, Annette Mahoney, Kenneth I. Pargament, and Krystal M. Hernandez 31. Quieting the Mind and Low Arousal Routes to Happiness, Jane Henry Happiness and Society 32. Introduction to Happiness and Society 33. Economics and the Study of Individual Happiness, Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer 34. Comparing Well-Being Across Nations: Conceptual and Empirical Issues, William Tov & Evelyn W.M. Au 35. The Geography of Happiness, Dimitris Ballas and Danny Dorling 36. Well-Being in Consumer Societies, Aaron Ahuvia and Elif Izberk-Bilgin 37. Well-being and Sustainable Development, Sam Thompson, Nic Marks, and Tim Jackson 38. Well-being and Public Policy, Geoff Mulgan Positive education: Bringing happiness to children and young people 39. Introduction to Positive education: Bringing happiness to children and young people, Ilona Boniwell and Nash Popovic 41. Should education have happiness lessons?, Nash Popovic 42. Wellbeing and resilience in education, Toni Noble and Helen McGrath 43. Happiness in the Classroom, Jennifer M. Fox Eades, Carmel Proctor, and Martin Ashley 44. Applying Happiness and Well-Being Research to the Teaching and Learning Process, Laura McInerney 45. Resilience Education, Jane E. Gillham, Rachel M. Abenavoli, Steven M. Brunwasser, Karen J. Reivich, and Martin E. P. Seligman 46. Teaching for Wisdom, Robert J. Sternberg 47. Going beyond the accidental: Happiness, education, and the Wellington College Experience, Ian Morris 48. Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, Matthew A. White Happiness and Organizations 49. An Introduction to Happiness and Organizations, Arran Caza and Kim Cameron 50. Virtuousness as a Source of Happiness in Organizations, Kim S. Cameron and Arran Caza 51. How Work Shapes Well-Being, Brianna Caza and Amy Wrzesniewski 52. Work Design and Happiness: An Active, Reciprocal Perspective, Ben J Searle and Sharon K Parker 53. Jobs and Job-Holders: Two Sources of Happiness and Unhappiness, Peter Warr 54. Managing Psychological Capital in Organizations: Cognitive, Affective, Conative and Social Mechanisms of Happiness, Carolyn M. Youssef and Fred Luthans 55. Reflected Best Self Engagement at Work: Positive Identity, Alignment, and the Pursuit of Vitality and Value Creation, Laura Morgan Roberts 56. Encouraging Employee Happiness, Thomas A. Wright 57. Executive Well-Being, James Campbell Quick and Jonathan D. Quick Relationships and Happiness 58. Section Introduction: Relationships and Happiness, Meliksah Demir 59. Close Relationships and Happiness, Shimon Saphire-Bernstein and Shelley E. Taylor 60. Adult Attachment and Happiness: Individual Differences in the Experience and Consequences of Positive Emotions, Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver 61. Perceived Social Support and Happiness: The Role of Personality and Relational Processes, Brian Lakey 62. Friendship and Happiness, Meliksah Demir, Haley Orthel, and Adrian Keith Andelin Development, Stability and Change of Happiness 63. Introduction to Development, Stability and Change of Happiness, Kate Hefferon 64. An Evolutionary Psychological Perspective on Happiness, Sarah E. Hill, Danielle DelPriore, & Brett Major 65. Set-Point Theory May Now Need Replacing: Death of a Paradigm*?, Bruce Headey 66. Variety is the Spice of Happiness: The Hedonic Adaptation Prevention (HAP) Model, Kennon M. Sheldon, Julia Boehm, and Sonja Lyubomirsky 67. Promotion and Protection of Positive Mental Health: Towards Complete Mental Health in Human Development, Corey L. M. Keyes 68. Post-traumatic Growth: Eudaimonic Happiness in the Aftermath of Adversity, Stephen Joseph and Kate Hefferon 69. Creating a Stable Architectural Framework of Existence: Proposing a Model of Lifelong Meaning, Michael F. Steger, Anna Beebya, and Samantha Garrett, and Todd B. Kashdan Happiness Interventions 70. Introduction to Happiness Interventions, Gordon B. Spence and Suzy L. Green 71. Increasing Happiness in the General Population: Empirically Supported Self-Help?, Acacia C. Parks, Stephen M. Schueller, and Arber Tasimi 72. Positive Psychology in Practice: Positive Psychotherapy, Tayyab Rashid 73. Happiness in Valued Living: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a Model for Change, Louise Hayes 74. Coaching and Well-Being: A Brief Review of Existing Evidence, Relevant Theory and Implications for Practitioners, Gordon B. Spence and Anthony M. Grant 75. Well-Being Therapy: Theoretical Background, Clinical Implications and Future Directions, Giovanni A. Fava and Chiara Ruini 76. The Collaborative Recovery Model: Developing Positive Institutions to Facilitate Recovery in Enduring Mental Illness, Lindsay G. Oades, Trevor P. Crowe and Frank P. Deane 77. Mindfulness and Cultivating Well-Being in Older Adults, Laura M. Hsu, and Ellen J. Langer 78. Well-Being Therapy: Theoretical Background, Clinical Implications and Future Directions, Giovanni A. Fava and Chiara Ruini 79. The Collaborative Recovery Model: Developing Positive Institutions to Facilitate Recovery in Enduring Mental Illness, Lindsay G. Oades, Trevor P. Crowe and Frank P. Deane