Positive psychology, the scientific study of positive phenomena from the neurobiology of positive emotions to application in the clinic and in everyday life, encompasses multiple efforts to understand and promote well-being and health (Aspinwall & Staudinger, 2003; Aspinwall & Tedeschi, 2010; Lopez & Snyder, 2009; Ryff & Singer, 1998; Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). Key elements include (a) the identification of human strengths (qualities and processes that allow people to navigate adversity, pursue their goals, and make the most of life) and (b) empirical research directed toward understanding the diverse conditions that create and sustain such strengths. These processes have been investigated in a wide variety of domains, including education, social development, close relationships, aging, work, and health.
Core Concerns of Positive Psychology and Health
Positive psychology is an active and growing field, with thousands of published articles in the last...
References and Readings
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