The Science Of Well-being

Paperback | September 30, 2005

EditorFelicia A. Huppert, Nick Baylis, Barry Keverne

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How much do we know about what makes people thrive and societies flourish? While a vast body of research has been dedicated to understanding problems and disorders, we know remarkably little about the positive aspects of life, the things that make life worth living. This landmark volumeheralds the emergence of a new field of science that endeavours to understand how individuals and societies thrive and flourish, and how this new knowledge can be applied to foster happiness, health and fulfillment, and institutions that encourage the development of these qualities. Taking a dynamic, cross-disciplinary approach, it sets out to explore the most promising routes to well-being, derived from the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, social science, economics and the effects of our natural environment. Designed for a general readership, this volume is of compelling interest to all those in the social, behavioural and biomedical sciences, the caring professions and policy makers. It provides a stimulating overview for any reader with a serious interest in the latest insights and strategies forenhancing our individual well-being, or the well-being of the communities in which we live and work.

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How much do we know about what makes people thrive and societies flourish? While a vast body of research has been dedicated to understanding problems and disorders, we know remarkably little about the positive aspects of life, the things that make life worth living. This landmark volumeheralds the emergence of a new field of science t...

Nick Baylis writes a 600-word weekly column for The Times Saturday Magazine on The Science of Happiness (Dr Feelgood), and previously wrote a life-coaching column for The F.T. He is also a practising psychotherapist and coach for private and corporate clients. In June 2005, Penguin will publish his mass-market Trade Paperback on how ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:562 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 1.25 inPublished:September 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198567529

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Table of Contents

Part 1 - Evolution and development1. Randolph Nesse: Natural selection and the elusiveness of happiness2. Eric B. Keverne: Understanding well-being in the evolutionary context of brain development3. David J. P. Barker: The developmental origins of well-being4. Sonia Lupien and Nathalie Wan: Successful ageing: from cell to selfPart 2 - Physiology and neuroscience5. Richard J. Davidson: Well-being and affective style: neural substrates and biobehavioural correlates6. Stuart J. H. Biddle and Panteleimon Ekkekakis: Physically active lifestyle and well-being7. Bernard Gesch: The potential of nutrition to promote physical and behavioural well-beingPart 3 - Psychology of well-being8. Barbara L. Fredrickson: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions9. Nick Baylis: Relationship with reality and its role in the well-being of young adults10. Martin E. P. Seligman, Acacia C. Parks and Tracy Steen: A balanced psychology and a full life11. Daniel Kahneman and Jason Riis: Living, and thinking about it: two perspectives on life12. Felicia A. Huppert: Positive mental health in individuals and populationsPart 4 - Cultural perspectives13. Susan Verducci and Howard Gardner: Good work: its nature, its nurture14. Robert J. Sternberg and Elena Grigorenko: Intelligence and culture: how culture shapes what intelligence means and the implications for a science of well-being15. Antonella Delle Fave and Fausto Massimini: The relevance of subjective well-being to social policies: optimal experience and tailored intervention16. George Burns: Naturally happy, naturally healthy: the role of the natural environment in well-beingPart 5 - Social and economic considerations17. John Helliwell and Robert D. Putnam: The social context of well-being18. Robert Frank: Does money buy happiness?19. Johan Galtung: Meeting basic needs: peace and development20. Nic Marks and Hetan Shah: A well-being manifesto for a flourishing society

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.,."this volume is rich in detailed reports and reviews...this is a well-written and absorbing volume for research reviews of the positive aspects of human development and functioning."--PsycCRITIQUES