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This book focuses on innovative, effective ways of applying science to real-world problems and opportunities. Great inroads have been made in understanding and improving the human condition separately by positive psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) researchers. At the core of ACT, therapists help people make inroads toward meaningful pursuits with a mental state of awareness, openness, and commitment. Our purpose is to bring readers cutting edge theory, research, and practical applications from positive psychology and ACT. Written by leading scientists and practitioners, this book offers concrete, take-away points and strategies for research, consultation, coaching, and clinical settings.

Part I: Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Foundations of Flourishing (Joseph Ciarrochi, Todd Kashdan, and Russ Harris)

Part II: Core Processes

  • Chapter 2: Mindfulness (Eric Garland and Barbara Fredrickson)
  • Chapter 3: Love (Robyn Walser)
  • Chapter 4: Self-compassion (Kristin Neff and Dennis Tirch)
  • Chapter 5: Perspective taking (Ian Stewart and Louise McHugh)
  • Chapter 6: Committed action (Lance M. McCracken)

Part III: Innovative Interventions

  • Chapter 7: Positive interventions: Past, present, and future (Acacia Parks and Robert Biswas-Diener)
  • Chapter 8: On making people more positive and rational: Potential downsides of positive psychology interventions (Foody, Y. Barnes-Holmes, & D. Barnes-Holmes)
  • Chapter 9: Microculture as a contextual positive psychology intervention (Robert Biswas-Diener and Nadezhda Lyubchik)
  • Chapter 10: Accepting guilt and abandoning shame: A positive approach to addressing moral emotions among high-risk, multi-need individuals (Elizabeth Malouf, Kerstin Youman, Laura Harty, Karen Schaefer, and June Tangney)
  • Chapter 11: Using the science of meaning to invigorate values-congruent, purpose-driven action (Michael Steger, Kelly Sheline, Leslie Merriman, and Todd Kashdan)
  • Chapter 12: Nurturing genius: Realizing a foundational aim of psychology (Bryan Roche, Sarah Cassidy, and Ian Stewart)

Part IV: Conclusion

  • Chapter 13: The genuine conversation (Steven Hayes)
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