Positive Psychology as Social Change

  • Robert Biswas-Diener

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Some Cautionary Thoughts

  3. Positive Psychology and Public Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Ed Diener, Carol Diener
      Pages 53-71
    3. Dora Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir
      Pages 109-122
  4. Positive Psychology and Poverty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Robert Biswas-Diener, Lindsey Patterson
      Pages 125-140
  5. Positive Psychology and Organizations

  6. Positive Psychology and a Focus on Others

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Sara D. Hodges, Brian A.M. Clark, Michael W. Myers
      Pages 193-218
    3. Lara B. Aknin, Gillian M. Sandstrom, Elizabeth W. Dunn, Michael I. Norton
      Pages 219-234
  7. Positive Psychology and Social Change Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Antonella Delle Fave, Giovanni A. Fava
      Pages 267-291
    3. Tomas Sander
      Pages 309-326
  8. Change the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 347-358

About this book


In recent times there has been growing interest in positive psychology. This is evidenced by the swell in positive psychology graduate programs, undergraduate courses, journals related to the topic, popular book titles on the topic and scholarly publications. Within the positive psychology community there has been an increased emphasis on the socially beneficial side of positive psychological science. At the First World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association there was a major push to look at positive psychology as a social change mechanism. This volume will bring together thoughts of leaders in positive psychology from 8 countries to capitalize on the push toward social change and flourishing. By releasing this title at a critical time Springer has the opportunity to help frame the agenda for positive psychology as a force for social change.

This seminal work is meant for anyone interested in happiness, strengths, flourishing or positive institutions It introduces Positive Psychology as an unapplied science that can be used to create positive social transformation and enabling institutions. This is a must-have title for academics, especially psychologists, sociologists, economists, and professionals working in the field of Positive Psychology and Well-Being.


Altruism Coaching Community Psychology Education Emotional Interventions Empathy Environmental Policy Environmentalism Flourishing Good Life Happiness Homelessness Materialism Philanthrophy Positive Psychology Positive Schools Prejudice Public Health Public Policy Social Change Technology Therapy Well-Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Biswas-Diener
    • 1
  1. 1.MilwuakieUSA

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