Consider a scientific scholarship that is as invested in promoting
happiness, wellbeing, strength and resilience as much as it is
concerned in alleviating stress and distress. A science that
explores what makes a good life, and disseminates concepts,
research findings and interventions that can help us flourish
and grow. This is what positive psychology is about.
Launched as a rebellious discipline just over two decades ago,
positive psychology challenged the emphasis of applied
psychology on disease and dysfunction and offered a new,
more balanced perspective on human life. Since its
establishment it has seen remarkable progress, and has laid
down solid theoretical and empirical foundations for its concepts
and its applied work.
This books delineates positive psychology’s journey as a
discipline, takes stock of its achievements and provides an
updated overview of its core topics, exploring the theory,
research and interventions in each.