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on December 18, 2006
I recently used this textbook in teaching an undergraduate course in positive psychology. The authors are able to cover a range of topics in a manner that is both accessible and understandable. Use of the personal mini-experiments added a reflective component that is often missing in many undergraduate level courses. Feedback from the class on the choice of text was very positive with many students commenting on how enjoyable it was to read. I will be teaching this course again next year and will definitely use this book again.

Overall, the book is well organized and written in a language that is accessible to students at a range of levels.
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This is a marvelous textbook, much needed both by teachers and by anyone who wants a comprehensive resource to this major new direction in contemporary psychology. As a member of both clubs I recommend this book enthusiastically.

Positive Psychology has been growing so rapidly, this is one of the very first textbooks to be published. Rick Snyder and Shane Lopez clearly know their stuff - they've edited two major recent volumes, one from Oxford Press, the other from the American Psychological Assoc. Nevertheless, these serious academics have avoided the classic pitfalls of textbook writing. Their book shines with personality and pizzazz. It's rare to encounter a text that combines practicality (covering all the bases, answering most, if not all, the questions) with real imagination. The authors write from their personal experience; they avoid the dull and the safe. It feels often as if they're talking directly to you, taking you into their confidence, sharing their insights, their doubts, and most importantly what's mattered most to them as people. This is a rare feat: great teaching delivered on the printed page.

Other aspects of their book that add enormous value are that it's chock-a-block with personal mini-experiments. In each, the authors take the intellectual content and re-shape it into an experience for the student. Their exercises are carefully designed to ensure that an idea doesn't remain just a cognitive pipedream but is transmuted into lived wisdom. The publisher provides you with a CD that's crammed with discussion guides, study guides, and tests. The graphics are fun; there are lots of pictures and good, punchy charts. On top of that, the text is inter-woven with sidebar articles by experts in the field and by others with first hand experience. These are brief and always relevant. The authors' experience as editors of large compilation volumes really shows. One feels as if one's gotten a far richer spectrum than just one book.

All in all, this is must-have for anyone who's interested in the human need for happiness, engagement and meaning.
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on August 12, 2012
I am using this book for a class I am teaching on Positive Psychology. It is full of scientific and practical information. There are experiential activities as well that highlight the principles presented in the book.
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on March 20, 2013
The graphics were good, and there were plenty of good references used in this book. The field of positive psychology is one that I was not aware of before reading this book for a class. I'd definitely suggest this book for anybody looking into going into clinical psychology or even business management.

Easy read as well.
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on May 3, 2013
Although I was required to purchase this book for a course, I have decided to keep this one. The authors have done a great job of explaining the relatively new field of positive psychology and do an extremely good job of pointing out areas that would benefit from future research efforts.
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on October 9, 2015
This book changed my mind and career path. I was a semester short from becoming a journalist back in 2003 and now I am a clinical counselor... I earned my master's degree a few years ago... and am doing what God called me to do... all because of this book
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on May 20, 2014
and class! Fast service! Great read, allot of great information!
I never knew this class existed, it is wonderful..So POSITIVE:)
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on August 29, 2015
This book really explains positive theory well. It can be wordy, but is better than most theory books.
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on June 2, 2015
It's a good read and the authors are very insightful!
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on September 22, 2011
The book came in within two days, which was nice since I needed the book for school. The book came in the condition as it was described. If anything the book was better than what was described. Thanks for the business! =)
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