Positive Psychology

S. M. Schueller*

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7 Scopus citations


This entry defines positive psychology and describes major focuses of the field including positive emotions, positive character traits, and positive institutions. It discusses research on the nature of well-being that has furthered our understanding of what it means to live a good life and the importance of appreciating cultural variation in well-being. Additionally, it considers applied uses that promote human well-being using empirically tested intervention methods. As positive psychology grows, it aims to move these interventions to more settings to further support positive institutions and increase worldwide well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Human Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780123750006
ISBN (Print)9780080961804
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Broaden-and-build theory
  • Character strengths
  • Engagement
  • Eudaimonia
  • Happiness
  • Meaning
  • Positive emotions
  • Positive interventions
  • Positive psychology
  • Subjective well-being
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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