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Positive Psychology: The Fundamental Building Blocks and Principles
Positive Psychology: The New Science of Happiness
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References on Positive Psychology and the New Science of Happiness

  • Ascenso, S., Williamon, A., & Perkins, R. (2017). Understanding the wellbeing of professional musicians through the lens of positive psychology. Psychology of Music, 45(1), 65-81.
  • Bieda, A., Hirschfeld, G., Schönfeld, P., Brailovskaia, J., Zhang, X. C., & Margraf, J. (2017). Universal happiness? Cross-cultural measurement invariance of scales assessing positive mental health. Psychological Assessment, 29(4), 408-421.
  • Biswas-Diener, R. (Ed.). (2011). Positive psychology as social change. New York: Springer.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2011). Positive psychology and a positive world-view: New hope for the future of humankind. In M. Csikszentmihalyi, S. I. Donaldson, J. Nakamura, S. I. Donaldson, M. Csikszentmihalyi, J. Nakamura (Eds.), Applied positive psychology: Improving everyday life, health, schools, work, and society (pp. 205-213). New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Nakamura, J. (2011). Positive psychology: Where did it come from, where is it going?. In K. M. Sheldon, T. B. Kashdan, M. F. Steger, K. M. Sheldon, T. B. Kashdan, M. F. Steger (Eds.), Designing positive psychology: Taking stock and moving forward (pp. 3-8). New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.
  • Diener, E., Fulita, F., Tay, L., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2012). Purpose, mood, and pleasure in prediction satisfaction judgments. Social Indicators Research, 105, 333–341.
  • Donaldson, S. I., Dollwet, M., & Rao, M. A. (2015). Happiness, excellence, and optimal human functioning revisited: Examining the peer reviewed literature linked to positive psychology. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10, 185–195.
  • Doty, J. L., Davis, L., & Arditti, J. A. (2017). Cascading resilience: Leverage points in promoting parent and child well‐being. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 9(1), 111-126.
  • Fletcher, D., & Sarkar, M. (2013). Psychological resilience: A review and critique of definitions, concepts, and theory. European Psychologist, 18, 12–23.
  • Gallagher, M. W., Lopez, S. J., & Pressman, S. D. (2013). Optimism is universal: Exploring the presence and benefits of optimism in a representative sample of the world. Journal of Personality, 81, 429 – 440.
  • Golden-Biddle, K., & Dutton, J. E. (Eds.). (2012). Using a positive lens to explore social change and organizations: Building a theoretical and research foundation. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Guzmán, A., Wenborn, J., Ledgerd, R., & Orrell, M. (2017). Evaluation of a Staff Training Programme using Positive Psychology coaching with film and theatre elements in care homes: Views and attitudes of residents, staff and relatives. International Journal Of Older People Nursing, 12(1).
  • Harrison, A., Al-Khairulla, H., & Kikoler, M. (2016). The feasibility, acceptability and possible benefit of a positive psychology intervention group in an adolescent inpatient eating disorder service. The Journal Of Positive Psychology, 11(5), 449-459.
  • Miller, L. M. (2017). A positive psychology theoretical model to coach veterans through successful transitions. Advances In Developing Human Resources, 19(1), 25-35. Nichter, M., & Dowda, R. (2017). Strengths-based supervision: Experiences of supervisors and supervisees. In J. K. Edwards, A. Young, H. J. Nikels, J. K. Edwards, A. Young, H. J. Nikels (Eds.), Handbook of strengths-based clinical practices: Finding common factors (pp. 305-322). New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Niemiec, R. M., Shogren, K. A., & Wehmeyer, M. L. (2017). Character strengths and intellectual and developmental disability: A strengths-based approach from positive psychology. Education And Training In Autism And Developmental Disabilities, 52(1), 13-25.
  • Proyer, R. T., Gander, F., Wellenzohn, S., & Ruch, W. (2016). Addressing the role of personality, ability, and positive and negative affect in positive psychology interventions: Findings from a randomized intervention based on the authentic happiness theory and extensions. The Journal Of Positive Psychology, 11(6), 609-621.
  • Rao, M. A., & Donaldson, S. I. (2015). Expanding opportunities for diversity in positive psychology: An examination of gender, race, and ethnicity. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 56(3), 271-282.
  • Rusk, R. D., & Waters, L. E. (2013). Tracing the size, reach, impact, and breadth of positive psychology. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 207–221.
  • Sutipan, P., Intarakamhang, U., & Macaskill, A. (2017). The impact of positive psychological interventions on well-being in healthy elderly people. Journal of Happiness Studies, 18(1), 269-291.
  • Vela, J. C., Lenz, A. S., Sparrow, G. S., & Gonzalez, S. L. (2017). Using a positive psychology and family framework to understand Mexican American adolescents’ college-going beliefs. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(1), 66-81.
  • Wellenzohn, S., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2016). How do positive psychology interventions work? A short-term placebo-controlled humor-based study on the role of the time focus. Personality and Individual Differences, 961-6.
  • Wiley, S., Srinivasan, R., Finke, E., Firnhaber, J., & Shilinsky, A. (2013). Positive portrayals of feminist men increase men’s solidarity with feminists and collective action intentions. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 61–71.
  • Woodworth, R. J., O’Brien‐Malone, A., Diamond, M. R., & Schüz, B. (2017). Web-based positive psychology interventions: A reexamination of effectiveness. Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 73(3), 218-232.

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