Mindfulness in Positive Psychology brings together the latest thinking in these two important disciplines. Positive psychology, the science of wellbeing and strengths, is the fastest growing branch of psychology, offering an optimal home for the research and application of mindfulness. As we contemplate mindfulness in the context of positive psychology, meaningful insights are being revealed in relation to our mental and physical health.
The book features chapters from leading figures from mindfulness and positive psychology, offering an exciting combination of topics. Mindfulness is explored in relation to flow, meaning, parenthood, performance, sports, obesity, depression, pregnancy, spirituality, happiness, mortality, and many other ground-breaking topics. This is an invitation to rethink about mindfulness in ways that truly expands our understanding of wellbeing.
Mindfulness in Positive Psychology will appeal to a readership of students and practitioners, as well as those interested in mindfulness, positive psychology, or other relevant areas such as education, healthcare, clinical psychology, counselling psychology, occupational psychology, and coaching. The book explores cutting edge theories, research, and practical exercises, which will be relevant to all people interested in this area, and particularly those who wish to enhance their wellbeing via mindfulness.
"The integration of mindfulness and positive psychology could greatly enhance our understanding of these two related fields. This book provides a comprehensive discussion of mindfulness, well-being, happiness, flow, meaning, and purpose in a wide range of populations and settings. It sheds helpful new light on how the understanding of mindfulness can enhance the study of wellbeing, and how positive psychology can enhance the study of mindfulness."- Dr Ruth Baer, Author of "Mindfulness-based Treatment Approaches"
"This book comes at a time when practitioners and patients alike, are seeking self-management tools that can infiltrate and provide positive interventions into what can appear as an overwhelming sense of despair in our modern world. Ivtzan and Lomas have pulled together contributors from a variety of backgrounds, to trace mindfulness from its historically grounded Buddhist philosophical roots through to its practical application in a wide variety of therapeutic endeavours. The useful instructional elements of the chapters makes the book multifaceted, so it could be used to learn more about the attributes and enabling factors of a mindfulness approach, whether as a manager, educator, practitioner, or as an individual wanting to claim back their life in full technicolour high definition, without any electronic stimulus outside of their own beautiful minds."- Professor Sally Hardy, Head of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, London South Bank University
"What unique angle does positive psychology offer to mindfulness research? In this book the authors organized varied chapters to address this important question. Some of the world's leading authors, researchers and scholars of mindfulness have been willing to explore mindfulness in relation to different aspects of positive psychology, and have contributed their insights to this inspiring book" - Professor Yi-Yuan Tang, Texas Tech University, USA
Table of Contents
Positive Psychology Interventions. 1. Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) for Enhancing Well-Being, Managing Problems, and Boosting Positive Relationships. Ryan Niemiec and Judith Lissing. 2. Self-Compassion: Embracing Suffering with Kindness. Kristin Neff and Oliver Davidson. 3. Mindful Parenting Begins at the Beginning: Potential Benefits of Perinatal Meditation Training for Family Well-Being. Catherine Shaddix and Larissa Duncan. 4. Mindfulness & Performance. Amy Baltzell. 5. The Relevance of Mindful Eating for Addressing Youth Obesity. Jeanne Dalen. Positive Theory and Mechanisms of Mindfulness. 6. Mindfulness: the Essence of Well-being and Happiness. Christelle Ngoumen and Ellen Langer. 7. Mindfulness, Mental Health, and Positive Psychology. Shauna Shapiro, Sarah de Sousa, and Hooria Jazaieri. 8. Mortality and mindfulness: How Intense Encounters with Death Can Generate Spontaneous Mindfulness. Steve Taylor. 9. Flowing with mindfulness: Investigating the relationship between flow and mindfulness. Sue Jackson. 10. Additional Mechanisms of Mindfulness: how does mindfulness increase wellbeing? Tarli Young. Mindfulness for Health Practitioners and Carers. 11. Contemplative Pedagogy and Nursing Education. Anne Bruce and Betty Poag. 12. Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice: Eight Weeks En Route to Wellness. Patricia Dobkin. 13. Mindfulness-Based Positive Behaviour Support in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Nirbhay N. Singh, Giulio E. Lancioni, Ramasamy Manikam, Larry L. Latham and Monica M. Jackman. 14. Working it: Making Meaning with Workplace Mindfulness. Michael Steger and Eve Ekman. Mindfulness in Spirituality. 15. Mindfulness and Spirituality in Positive Youth Development. Eleanor Cobb, Clayton McClintock and Lisa Miller. 16. Nourishment from the Roots: Engaging with the Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness. Tim Lomas. 17. Mindfulness and Wellbeing: Towards a Unified Operational Approach. Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon and Mark Griffiths. Mindful Therapy. 18. Mindfulness and Person-Centred Therapy. Stephen Joseph, David Murphy and Tom Patterson. 19. Beyond Mindfulness: The Power of Self-Compassion, Purpose, Play and Confidence in the Clinical Treatment of the Depressed Client. Elisha Goldstein. 20. Mindful Yoga in Pregnancy: Is this a Positive Alternative for Women Suffering Depression or Anxiety. Maria Muzik and Susan Hamilton
About the Editors
Itai Ivtzan is a positive psychologist, a senior lecturer, and the program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). His research areas are mindfulness, meditation, spirituality, and wellbeing. In addition to many journal papers and book chapters, he is the author of several books and the leading author of Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the dark side of life.
Tim Lomas is a lecturer at the University of East London, where he is the associate programme leader for the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and books in relation to mindfulness, including a monograph based on his PhD, entitled Masculinity, Meditation, and Mental Health.