Positive Psychology

Authentic happiness theory supported by impact of religion on life satisfaction: A longitudinal analysis with data for Germany.

Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Survey this paper assesses the relationship between life satisfaction and religious practice. It is shown that individuals who become more religious over time record long term gains in life satisfaction while those who become less religious record long term losses....

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Humility: Review of measurement strategies and conceptualization as personality judgment.

Humility is an understudied virtue in positive psychology. Both conceptual and methodological challenges have retarded its study. In this article we discuss how humility has been defined....

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Compassion-focused reappraisal benefit-focused reappraisal and rumination after an interpersonal offense: Emotion-regulation implications for subjective emotion linguistic responses and physiology.

This repeated measures psychophysiology experiment studied three responses to a past interpersonal offense (38 females and 33 males). We compared rumination with two offense reappraisal strategies....

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Normative theory and psychological research: Hedonism eudaimonism and why it matters.

This article is a contribution to the debate about eudaimonism started by Kashdan et al. and Waterman in a previous issue of The Journal of Positive Psychology [Kashdan T.B. Biswas-Diener R. & King L.A. (2008). Reconsidering happiness: The costs of distinguishing between hedonics and eudaimonia....

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Are courageous actions successful actions?

When asked to describe a courageous action they have taken personally people overwhelmingly describe an action with a successful outcome (Pury Kowalski & Spearman 2007). Study 1 replicated these findings in observations of other people....

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Behavioral activation interventions for well-being: A meta-analysis.

One of the most promising ways to increase well-being is to engage in valued and enjoyable activities. Behavioral activation (BA) an intervention approach most commonly associated with the treatment of depression is consistent with this recommendation and can easily be adapted for non-clinical populations....

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