The Happy Mind: Cognitive Contributions to Well-Being

  • Michael D. Robinson
  • Michael Eid

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Michael D. Robinson, Michael Eid
    Pages 1-19
  3. The Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Kimberly M. Livingstone, Derek M. Isaacowitz
      Pages 23-39
    3. Hooria Jazaieri, Shauna Shapiro
      Pages 41-58
    4. Heidi A. Wayment, Jack J. Bauer
      Pages 77-94
    5. Megan M. Fritz, Lisa C. Walsh, Sonja Lyubomirsky
      Pages 95-114
  4. Positive Cognitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Will C. M. Belzak, Todd M. Thrash, Yoon Young Sim, Lena M. Wadsworth
      Pages 117-138
    3. Laura G. Kiken, Barbara L. Fredrickson
      Pages 157-175
    4. Astrid Schütz, Roy F. Baumeister
      Pages 177-193
    5. Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier
      Pages 195-212
  5. Self-Regulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Judith G. Chipperfield, Jeremy M. Hamm, Raymond P. Perry, Joelle C. Ruthig
      Pages 215-233
    3. Marie Hennecke, Veronika Brandstätter
      Pages 235-251
    4. Brett Marroquín, Howard Tennen, Annette L. Stanton
      Pages 253-274
    5. Dieter Ferring, Isabelle Tournier
      Pages 275-289
  6. Social Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Abraham P. Buunk, Pieternel Dijkstra
      Pages 311-330
    3. Giulia Andrews, Alex Zautra, Eva Zautra
      Pages 349-367
  7. Meaning

About this book


This edited volume focuses on different views of happiness and well-being, considering constructs like meaning and spirituality in addition to the more standard constructs of positive emotion and life satisfaction. A premise of the volume is that being happy consists of more than having the right things happen to us; it also depends on how we interpret those events as well as what we are trying to achieve. Such considerations suggest that cognitive-emotional factors should play a fairly pronounced role in how happy we are. The present volume pursues these themes in the context of 25 chapters organized into 5 sections. The first section centers on cognitive variables such as attention and executive function, in addition to mindfulness. The second section considers important sources of positive cognition such as savoring and optimism and the third section focuses on self-regulatory contributions to well-being. Finally, social processes are covered in a fourth section and meaning-related processes are covered in the fifth. What results is a rich and diverse volume centering on the ways in which our minds can help or hinder our aspirations for happiness.   


Emotional Clarity Executive Function of the Mind Gratitude and Positive Psychology Memory and Well-Being Mindfulness and Paying Attention Positive Cognitions Enhancing Well-Being Positive Emotions Quieting the Ego to Handle the Self Selectivity of the Mind Self-Enhancement and Self-Confidence Social Cognition and Mental Processes Social Comparison Spirituality and Benefiting Well-Being The Hedonic Treadmill of the Mind's Tendency Understanding Meaning and Well-Being Wisdom and its Relation to Well-Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael D. Robinson
    • 1
  • Michael Eid
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology, NDSU Department 2765North Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Education and PsychologyFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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