Why do some people achieve greater success and happiness than others? The key is positive psychology. For most of its history, psychology has focused mainly on the darker side of human behaviour - depression, anxiety, psychosis and psychopathic behaviour. In 1998, Martin Seligman became president of the American Psychological Association and inspired a movement to focus on the positives in human behaviour. Positive Psychology For Dummies: Taps into the burgeoning media focus on happiness and positive mental attitude Provides key information on the origins, theory, methods, practitioners and results of positive psychology Demonstrates how to understand what makes you tick, how to hone positive emotions and how to use positive philosophy for success in both your personal and working lives. Is perfect for a wide audience, from those wanting to get more out of their life, to psychology students or counsellors About the author Gladeana McMahon is co-author of Performance Coaching For Dummies. She is regarded as one of the UK’s top ten coaches. Averil Leimon is co-author of Performance Coaching For Dummies. She is a business psychologist and a leading UK leadership coach.
Introduction. Part I: Getting to Grips: Introducing Positive Psychology. Chapter 1: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Chapter 2: Why Being Healthy, Well and Happy is a Really Good Idea. Part II: Doing the Time Warp: Past, Present and Future. Chapter 3: Tackling the Past. Chapter 4: Living in the Present. Chapter 5: Planning for the Future. Part III: What Positive Psychology Can Do For You. Chapter 6: Finding Pleasure in Life. Chapter 7: Engaging in Life: Using Your Signature Strengths. Chapter 8: Developing Meaning in Life. Chapter 9: Becoming Your Best. Chapter 10: Staying Healthy with Positive Psychology. Part IV: Positive Psychology in the Real World. Chapter 11: Making Relationships Work. Chapter 12: Becoming a Positive Parent. Chapter 13: Embracing the Extended Family. Chapter 14: Understanding Why Work Matters. Chapter 15: Being Your Best in the Workplace. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 16: Ten Top Activities. Chapter 17: Ten Useful Resources. Chapter 18: Ten Positive Inspirations. Index.
Averil Leimon is a leadership psychologist and international business coach who uses positive psychology on a daily basis. She is a founder member of the Association for Coaching and is one of the top ten coaches in the UK. Gladeana McMahon is a leading transformational and personal development coach and Vice President and Life Fellow of the Association for Coaching. She was named as one of the UK's top ten coaches by the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Observer.
Why do some people achieve greater success and happiness than others? The key is in the way they think. Explore the science of positive psychology and discover how you can apply its principles and theories to build a better life for yourself and those around you. This practical guide arms you with all the skills and strategies you need to recognise your strengths, alter your thinking and manage difficult emotions effectively to achieve greater success, health and happiness.
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