Oxford Handbook of Happiness

Oxford Handbook of Happiness

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 1104 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 66mm | 1,999.97g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0198714629
  • 9780198714620
  • 371,458

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This handbook is a marvellous resource to facilitate an integrated understanding of happiness that is difficult to glean from the individual literatures on each of those more specific realms. Rodger Narloch Psychology Learning & Teaching Book Review The handbook offers readers a coherent, multidisciplinary, and accessible book on the current study of happiness as it is addressed from many diverse though interconnected perspectives ... This handbook will be useful to academics, practitioners, teachers, students, and all those interested in theory and research on human happiness ... Recommended. * R.B. Stewart, CHOICE * The Oxford Handbook of Happiness offers a compelling case for adding happiness sciences to this growing list of new configurations. * PsychCritiques * A remarkable achievement in that it covers most of the basic contemporary knowledge about happiness as well as giving glimpses of more advanced and specific findings. ... The perfect resource for any student intent on studying happiness and any experienced researcher who wants to enter the field of happiness studies. * International Journal of Wellbeing * The breadth of topics covered by the Handbook of Happiness is quite astonishing. * Joe Sinclair, New Nurturing Potential *show more

About Susan David

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, USAshow more

Table of contents

SECTION 1: PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO HAPPINESS ; SECTION 2: PSYCHOLOGICAL DEFINITIONS OF HAPPINESS ; SECTION 3: PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACHES TO HAPPINESS ; SECTION 4: SPIRITUAL APPROACHES TO HAPPINESS ; SECTION 5: HAPPINESS AND SOCIETY ; SECTION 6: POSITIVE EDUCATION ; INTRODUCTION TO POSITIVE EDUCATION ; SECTION 7: HAPPINESS AND ORGANIZATIONS ; SECTION 8: RELATIONSHIPS AND HAPPINESS ; SECTION 9: DEVELOPMENT, STABILITY AND CHANGE OF HAPPINESS ; SECTION 10: HAPPINESS INTERVENTIONSshow more

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The breadth of topics covered by the Handbook of Happiness is quite astonishing. Joe Sinclair, New Nurturing Potentialshow more

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