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Table of Contents

1 What People Really Want in Life and Why It Matters:
Contributions from Research on Folk Theories
of the Good Life
Christie Napa Scollon and Laura A. King
Part I Some Cautionary Thoughts
2 Think Before You Think
Nic Marks
3 Socially Responsible Cheermongery: On the Sociocultural
Contexts and Levels of Social Happiness Policies
Neil Thin
Part II Positive Psychology and Public Policy
4 Monitoring Psychosocial Prosperity for Social Change
Ed Diener and Carol Diener
5 Gross National Happiness: A Gift from Bhutan to the World
George W. Burns
6 Ecological Challenges, Materialistic Values,
and Social Change
Tim Kasser
7 Positive Psychology and Public Health
Dora Gudrun Gudmundsdottir
Part III Positive Psychology and Poverty
8 Positive Psychology and Poverty
Robert Biswas-Diener and Lindsey Patterson
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9 Strengthening Underprivileged Communities:
Strengths-Based Approaches as a Force
for Positive Social Change in Community Development
P. Alex Linley, Avirupa Bhaduri, Debasish Sen Sharma,
and Reena Govindji
Part IV Positive Psychology and Organizations
10 Creating Positive Social Change Through Building Positive
Organizations: Four Levels of Intervention
Nicky Garcea and P. Alex Linley
11 Organizational Democracy as a Force for Social Change
Traci L. Fenton
Part V Positive Psychology and a Focus on Others
12 Better Living Through Perspective Taking
Sara D. Hodges, Brian A.M. Clark, and Michael W. Myers
13 Investing in Others: Prosocial Spending for (Pro)Social Change
Lara B. Aknin, Gillian M. Sandstrom, Elizabeth W. Dunn,
and Michael I. Norton
Part VI Positive Psychology and Social Change Interventions
14 How Does Coaching Positively Impact Organizational
and Societal Change?
Sunny Stout Rostron
15 Positive Psychotherapy and Social Change
Antonella Delle Fave and Giovanni A. Fava
16 Recreate or Create? Leisure as an Arena
for Recovery and Change
Joar Vitterso
17 Positive Computing
Tomas Sander
Part VII Change theWorld
18 Changing the World: The Science of Transformative Action
Scott Sherman
Editor's Afterword

About the Author

Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the "Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology" because his scientific pursuit of the emotional good life has led him to such far flung places as India, Greenland, Israel, Kenya, and Spain. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Journal of Happiness Studies. Robert is CAPP's Programme Director for Education and Learning. He is also part-time instructor of psychology at Portland State University (USA). Robert is the author of the books, Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the science of happiness to work for your clients (Wiley, 2007), and Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (Blackwell, 2008).


From the reviews:

"This volume demonstrates how the emphasis of positive psychology can and should be shifted from the individual to the group level. ... Biswas-Diener ... and the other contributors introduce the reader to cutting-edge thinking about public policy and interventions designed to impact individuals who find themselves in a wide variety of social contexts. ... Rarely does one find a volume of this genre to be as enthralling and thought provoking as this one. Summing up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." (R. B. Stewart Jr., Choice, Vol. 49 (5), January, 2012)

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