Oxford Handbook of Happiness

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  • Copyright: 2013-03-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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

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