The Human Pursuit of Well-Being

A Cultural Approach

  • Ingrid Brdar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Happiness and Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ruut Veenhoven
      Pages 3-14
    3. Pilar Sanjuán, Alejandro Magallares, Rodolfo Gordillo
      Pages 15-26
    4. Zvjezdana Prizmić-Larsen, Ljiljana Kaliterna Lipovčan, Tihana Brkljačić
      Pages 27-38
    5. Dalila Visani, Elisa Albieri, Emanuela Offidani, Fedra Ottolini, Elena Tomba, Chiara Ruini
      Pages 65-70
    6. Marta Scrignaro, Sandro Barni, Maria Luisa Bonetti, Maria Elena Magrin
      Pages 83-91
  3. Motivation and Goals

  4. Personality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Ann-Marie K. Hutchinson, Anita D. Stuart, Hester G. Pretorius
      Pages 133-144
    3. Ingrid Brdar, Petra Anić, Majda Rijavec
      Pages 145-156
  5. Academic Performance and Coping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Charles Martin-Krumm, Marie Oger, Philippe Sarrazin, Patrick Pelayo
      Pages 191-200
  6. Measurement

  7. Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Chiara Ruini, Fedra Ottolini, Elena Tomba, Carlotta Belaise, Elisa Albieri, Dalila Visani et al.
      Pages 237-246
    3. Sónia Mestre, José Pais-Ribeiro
      Pages 247-255
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 269-271

About this book


This book brings together the latest research on positive psychology from an international cast of researchers and particularly from the growing body of European researchers. The chapters describe research and practice from diverse fields of positive psychology, covering topics such as happiness and well-being, motivation and goals, personality, academic performance and coping, measurement and interventions. The book emphasizes a cultural approach to the human pursuit of well-being. It is unique in that it presents research from a range of cultures, such as Russia, Croatia, and Egypt, in addition to ten different Western cultures. This approach helps broaden our understanding of those aspects of human experience that make life worth living in diverse cultural conditions. The book includes well-known and new authors from the field and contains selected papers that were presented at the 4th European Conference of Positive Psychology held in 2008 in Croatia.


Dmitri Leontiev Giovanni A. Fava Happiness Lj. Kaliterna Lipovcan Positive Interventions Positive Psychology Ruut Veenhoven Shan J. Lopez Well Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Brdar
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. Arts & SciencesUniversity of RijekaRijekaCroatia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1374-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1375-8
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