Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being” as Want to Read:
Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Many have wondered if there is a key ingredient to living a full and happy life. For decades now, scientists and psychologists alike have been studying the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The positive psychology movement was founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best wit ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Context Press (first published January 1st 2013)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Viewpoints Radio
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: viewpoints_radio
Are you an introvert? Find out why it might be a great trait in this book as well as our podcast Viewpoints Radio where we spoke to Todd Kashdan about the benefits of being an introvert. Check out the link here!
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I went into this book grudgingly, as I knew it would be somewhat relevant to my work but I've had trouble wrapping my brain around positive psychology before. Of its many chapters by different authors, I found the one on self-compassion the most relevant, as I am not well-versed in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As with other books that take from the knowledge and experience of many practitioners, I found some more readable than others, and I'm sure that was based on my personal level ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ok. I haven’t actually finished this book; been sitting on my shelf for ages. It just didn’t do it for me. It is a collection of invited chapters and some were of less interest than others, but the introductory chapter put me off. They trotted out the most well known Jon Kabat-Zinn definition of mindfulness when they could well have, and should have in my view, provided a more useful and thoughtful ACT definition. I expected better from these guys. Both are do interesting research and generally ...more
rated it it was ok
Feb 16, 2016
Caz Mac
rated it it was amazing
Aug 01, 2015
Lianne Philhower
rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2016
Janessa Salazar
rated it it was amazing
Apr 14, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Sep 22, 2016
Courtney Sherman
rated it really liked it
Oct 19, 2014
Aivo Olev
rated it really liked it
Mar 08, 2016
rated it really liked it
Sep 08, 2014
Beverly Sloan
rated it really liked it
May 09, 2017
Sarah Whiston
rated it it was amazing
Jan 01, 2014
May 09, 2017 marked it as to-read
i want read this
rated it it was amazing
Mar 14, 2016
Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez
rated it it was amazing
Apr 14, 2016
Kristen Tang
rated it liked it
Dec 10, 2017
Jayson Gautama
rated it it was amazing
May 28, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Jul 04, 2018
rated it really liked it
Aug 24, 2017
Debbie Carnes
rated it it was amazing
Apr 05, 2013
Nikki Guerrettaz
rated it really liked it
Jun 05, 2014
Jane Ono
rated it really liked it
Nov 25, 2013
Anthony Stevens
rated it really liked it
May 10, 2016
Cheryl Gibson
rated it it was amazing
Feb 20, 2018
rated it really liked it
Aug 05, 2016
Sandra Delehanty
rated it really liked it
May 18, 2014
Jessica Saeli
rated it it was amazing
Apr 12, 2017
Jan Weintraub
rated it really liked it
Jun 03, 2018
Mim Mckay
rated it liked it
Jun 24, 2013
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology
  • Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
  • The Fantasy Bond: Effects of Psychological Defenses on Interpersonal Relations
  • The Prostate Monologues: What Every Man Can Learn from My Humbling, Confusing, and Sometimes Comical Battle With Prostate Cancer
  • The Limits of Thought
  • Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility
  • Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become
  • The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day
  • The Power of Meditation: An Ancient Technique to Access Your Inner Power
  • Why?: What Your Life Is Telling You about Who You Are and Why You're Here
  • Why Intelligent People Are Overweight
  • Brain Health for Life: Beyond Pills, Politics, and Popular Diets
  • Learn With Mind Maps: How To Enhance Your Memory, Take Better Notes, Boost Your Creativity, And Gain An Edge In Work Or School - Easily.
  • The Globalisation of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit
  • Anxiety Handbook: The 7-Step Plan to Understand, Manage, and Overcome Anxiety
  • Ten Breaths to Happiness: Touching Life in its Fullness
  • ShiftPoints
  • A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
Dr. Todd B. Kashdan's broad mission is to increase the amount of well-being in this world as a professor, scientist, author, and consultant. He uses cutting edge science to help people function optimally in life and business. He has given keynotes and workshops to organizations as diverse as the United States Armed Forces, General Mills, Merck, Hormel, Gensler, BBDO, and The Gap.

He is a Professor
“Life Is an Ambiguous Stimulus

In a very real sense, life is an ambiguous stimulus. Does survival of a heart attack indicate that death is imminent or that one has been given a new lease on life? Is falling in love an assurance of a lifelong partnership or the first sign of an inevitable heartbreak? Many human situations are complex and their meanings subtle. Thus, to make sense of and gain agency over our experiences, we engage in the process of self-reflection.
Through self-reflection, people come to realize that their lives are filled with uncertainty about their own identities, their relationships with others, and their environmental circumstances. Because living involves adaptation to irregular changes and perturbations from the environment, the process of self-reflection reveals the indefinite nature of life. The uncertainty stemming from threatening stimuli whose nature is unknown or unpredictable evokes stress and a sense of loss of control. In response to uncertainty, we are driven to make meaning of our experiences and in so doing to reduce uncertainty. Indeed, a series of cunning experiments demonstrated that the sense of lacking control promotes illusory pattern perception in ambiguous situations. Hence, people consciously or unconsciously attempt to regain a sense of control by projecting patterns onto the chaos of their lives. This meaning-making process hinged on the appraisal of stressors and their meaningful integration into our autobiographical narratives.”
More quotes…