Book Chapter

The science of wellbeing and positive psychology

LG Oades, L Mossman

Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health | Published : 2017


The seemingly innocuous question "What is wellbeing?" easily leads to passionate debates and much conceptual confusion. Th is chapter first provides some signposts for a definition of wellbeing. Sound definition of the construct is essential to the measurement of wellbeing and the growth of the science of wellbeing. The emergence of the science of positive psychology and its application through positive psychology interventions (i.e. strategies to increase wellbeing) have created new opportunities to develop wellbeing in individuals, organizations and communities. After positive psychology is defined, key theories of wellbeing and positive psychology are summarized. An overview of key resear..

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