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Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. An Introduction to Positive Psychology Welcome to Positive Psychology Dimensions of Positive Psychology Scope of Positive Psychology Basic Themes of Positive Psychology A Short History of Well-Being in the Western World Positive Psychology Today 2. Foundations: Emotion, Motivation, and the Nature of Well-Being Basic Emotions Components of Emotion Moods and Well-Being Positive Psychology and Motivation Well-Being and Positive Emotion Research Models of Happiness and Well-Being 3. Subjective Well-Being Measurement of Subjective Well-Being Top-Down Predictors of Subjective Well-Being Bottom-Up Predictors of Subjective Well-Being Increasing Happiness and Life Satisfaction Can You Be Too Happy? 4. Leisure, Flow, Mindfulness, and Peak Performance Leisure Flow and Optimal Experience Mindfulness Savoring Peak Performance 5. Romantic Love and Positive Families Genes, Hormones, and Marriage The Varieties of Love Finding Romance and Love Relationship Satisfaction: What Makes Them Feel Good? Relationship Stability: What Makes It Last? Minding Relationships Positive Families What Hurts Relationships? How to Nurture Positive Relationships That Last 6. Positive Health Wellness Positive Health Psychological Factors Important to Health Hardiness and Mindfulness Meditation Positive Aging Positive Coping 7. Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius Pursuit of Excellence Foundations of Excellence Aesthetics and the Good Life Creativity Genius 8. Well-Being Across the Life Span Well-Being Over the Life Span Adjusting to Difficult Life Events 9. Models of Optimal Well-Being Wisdom: What Did King Solomon Have? Early Psychodynamic Ideas on Optimal Personality Existentialism and Authenticity Humanistic Perspectives Purpose in Life, the Quiet Ego, and Personal Growth The Optimal Personality: Common Themes Your Inner Hero 10. Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being A Sense of Meaning and Purpose in Life The Sacred Emotions Religious Experiences Contemplative Spirituality Contemplative Religious Traditions Mysticism and the Brain Psychological Theories of Religious Maturity 11. Positive Institutions and Cultural Well-Being Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction Careers That Use Positive Psychology Positive Communities Cross-Cultural Subjective Well-Being 12. A Look Toward the Future of Positive Psychology How Do We Recognize a Life Well Lived? Theories That Integrate Multiple Perspectives New Research Methods Alternative Perspectives on Well-Being Integrate Positive Psychology With Psychology The Question of Values Cross-Cultural Considerations Toward the Future With Optimism References Index

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