Ch 2: Positive Psychology & Happiness

About This Chapter

The Positive Psychology & Happiness chapter of this Positive Psychology Study Guide course is the simplest way to master positive psychology and happiness. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of positive psychology and happiness.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering positive psychology and happiness material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about positive psychology and happiness. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding positive psychology and happiness
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How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Positive Psychology and Happiness chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently:Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn:Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a positive psychology and happiness unit of a standard college Positive Psychology course. Topics covered include:

  • Explanation of positive psychology
  • What we mean by happiness
  • Dan Gilbert's view of happiness
  • What research shows about what makes people happy
  • The hedonic and eudaimonic views of happiness
  • Correlates and predictors of well being in older persons
  • The role of self-talk in psychology
  • Explanation of optimism and psychological health
  • Steps to improving psychosocial health

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Positive Psychology & Happiness
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

1. Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

There are folks who see the glass half-full and those who see it half-empty. But it's the same glass, so why does it matter what kind you are? Find out just how big of an impact your answer to this common question can have on how you live your life.

What Is Happiness? - Definition & Explanation

2. What Is Happiness? - Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, we will define happiness and discuss the nebulous nature of the concept. Learn about Martin Seligman and his PERMA model, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Dan Gilbert on Happiness: Overview

3. Dan Gilbert on Happiness: Overview

Read about the social psychologist Dan Gilbert and his views on happiness. Learn about his theory on synthetic happiness and test your understanding with a quiz.

Research on Happiness: What Makes People Happy?

4. Research on Happiness: What Makes People Happy?

Research has found that there are several things that make people happy. Scientists have also discovered that most people don't do a good job of predicting what will make them happy. In this lesson, we'll look at what causes happiness, the relationship of money to happiness, and how accurate people are at making predictions about happiness.

Comparing Hedonic & Eudaimonic Views of Happiness

5. Comparing Hedonic & Eudaimonic Views of Happiness

Happiness is an incredibly subjective idea, which is why it can be very difficult to analyze in any useful way. Through this lesson, you will learn about the two ways in which the subject is often explored and how they differ from one another.

Correlates & Predictors of Well-Being in Older Adults

6. Correlates & Predictors of Well-Being in Older Adults

This lesson discusses the important elements that can help predict well-being in later life. We will explore how researchers study this subject and what patterns the data shows.

Self-Talk in Psychology: Examples & Definition

7. Self-Talk in Psychology: Examples & Definition

In this lesson you will learn what self-talk is, how to recognize it, and why it is an important part of the human experience. You will have an opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz after reading the lesson.

What Is Optimism? - Definition & Explanation

8. What Is Optimism? - Definition & Explanation

Optimism is a form of positive thinking that includes the belief that you are responsible for your own happiness and that more good things will continue to happen to you in the future. Learn more about optimism, how it differs from pessimism, and more.

What Is Psychosocial Health? - Definition, Components & Traits

9. What Is Psychosocial Health? - Definition, Components & Traits

Psychosocial health includes four important components of well-being. We'll go over what they are and what traits people with good psychosocial health share in this video lesson.

Improving Psychosocial Health - Factors & Positive Steps

10. Improving Psychosocial Health - Factors & Positive Steps

What characterizes psychosocial health? This lesson focuses on the important factors that influence an individual's psychosocial health and the positive steps that can be taken to improve psychosocial health.

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