Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology

Edited by Warren, M. A. & Donaldson, S. I.

"I'd like to nominate Meg Warren and Stewart Donaldson's new edited volume Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology as a candidate for the best 20-year retrospective on positive psychology's progress as a scientific and applied discipline." - PsycCRITIQUES

"Warren and Donaldson provide an up-to-date snapshot of recent scientific developments in this ten-chapter, edited book. . . . Most intriguing is emerging research concerning social class, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, which means that positive psychology is maturing and becoming more multicultural, just as the questions asked are becoming more subtle and nuanced. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals." - Choice

This book examines the range of new theories, research, and applications in positive psychology.

In the 17 years since the inception of the movement, the field of positive psychology has grown tremendously and inspired research and practice across a range of sub-areas. Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology showcases the wide range of new theories, research, applications, and explorations in what can be termed "a next wave of positive psychology," presenting novel findings and theories gleaned from this new wave that are not reflected in the existing edited books and volumes in the field.

The contributors to the work—among the best known and most experienced in the field—trace the growth of new developments in each of the key foci of positive psychology, including happiness, character strengths, and gratitude, and document the latest research, theory, and applications. The volume focuses on the contributions and development of positive psychology sub-fields, such as positive organizational psychology and positive youth development, as well as their primary application areas, such as positive education.


  • Offers an unprecedented examination of the subfields of positive psychology and their applications

  • Provides an overview of the research domains in positive psychology as well as detailed information about the subfields of positive psychology

  • Presents cutting-edge information that will be useful to students as well as general readers

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Toward a Positive Psychology of Relationships: New Directions in Theory and Research

Edited by Warren, M. A. & Donaldson, S. I.

"This book is an excellent starting point for understanding why people really do need other people in order to flourish in private and public life. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." - Choice

"This book is a great update on the state of positive psychology as it is developing in the study of the different areas of life: from work, to social life, from educational contexts to the situations in which it is necessary to intervene on the diversities, the many diversities that characterize our world today. ... Meg A. Warren and Stewart I. Donaldson have the merit of having given life to an interesting text, calling to contribute seventeen colleagues. Both curators are deeply committed to advancing positive psychology and for those who want to have a vision even more extensive, we recommend reading the volume edited by them and published in 2017 Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology (Praeger)." - Dr. Andrea Castiello d’Antonio, ISPER (Institute for Personnel Management) Human Resources Panorama, Italy

Providing an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers, this book investigates positive psychology and relationships theory and research across a range of settings and life stages—intimate, work, educational, senior/retirement, and in the context of diversity.

Nearly universally, relationships are a key source of what we all seek in life: happiness, fulfillment, and well-being. The experts who contributed to this novel volume apply the framework of positive psychology to the findings of relationships research across a variety of practical contexts. What actions create and sustain respectful, caring, joyous, stimulating, and loving relationships? How do people rich in friendship, intimacy, and interpersonal skills think and behave? How do they unconsciously cultivate positive relationships? This book brings together authoritative reviews, cutting-edge research, and thoughtful scholarship that serve to answer these questions and document the benefit of positive relationships in a variety of settings and across the human life span.

Following a comprehensive introduction, the book addresses positive intimate relationships, positive relationships at work, positive relationships during different stages of life (in youth, in adolescence, and among older adults), and positive relationships intersecting with diversity. The chapters underscore the simple concept that relationships are central to what makes life worth living and are fundamental to well-being across all life domains as they play out at home, in school, at work, in retirement homes, and in the community at large.


  • Explores recent relationships research in the most important life domains and life stages—in romance and at work, during youth and in old age, and in contexts of diversity

  • Brings together contributions from renowned leaders and prolific thinkers in positive relationships

  • Presents science-based information that will be useful to scholars and students as well as general readers

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