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For the last two decades there has been growing evidence on what human beings need to both feel good and function well. As we emerge now into a new world and navigate through uncertainty we have the potential to move forward, informed by this science. As the spread of the virus and the response to it has shown, this is not just about individuals, we exist in wider interconnected systems. So in this book we have explored what the science of wellbeing means for our communities, education systems, workplaces, the media, health systems, the economy and beyond. There is evidence too that when we truly flourish so will the planet.
This book is about hope and a call to action to make the world the kind of place we want to live in. Our aim is to inspire readers to see why we urgently need a different approach to how we live our lives and to begin to make changes individually and with others. We give a flavour of the main issues and offer a set of evidence-based principles that underlie human wellbeing. We also offer practical ideas based on these principles that can be applied to create positive change in different areas of life. We invite readers to reflect on how the ideas presented relate to your own experiences and how you can generate further strategies for action.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It offers a superb developmental and contextual approach to integrative well-being. Moreover, it is a wonderful contribution to our holistic understanding of personal, interpersonal, occupational, communal, and environmental wellness. An amazing group of authors tackle contemporary issues that go beyond individual pursuits of happiness. By combining evidence with values and pragmatism, this book offers hope and actionable steps. This volume is destined to become a classic in the emerging field of integrative well-being. With great clarity and beautiful writing, the authors encourage us to align our values with our actions. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the well-being of present and future generations. This is a much needed corrective to efforts to define and increase well-being in individualistic ways. The value-based nature of the treatise reminds us that there cannot be wellness without fairness.
Professor, Vice Provost for Institutional Culture,
Dean Emeritus, School of Education and Human Development,
Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being
University of Miami
I was truly impressed by this volume. Integrating the best knowledge and theories within the social and behavioural sciences and neuroscience, the authors masterfully chart the possibilities for, and pathways to, greater flourishing as individuals and as societies. Will be of interest to parents, practitioners, politicians and people of all generations and cultures.
Richard M. Ryan,
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Rochester, NY
Professor, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney
Barbara L. Fredrickson, author of Positivity and Love 2.0
Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
This beautiful book informs us of the science and inspires us to apply it. It is based on the best of positive psychology, which has shown how the goal of wellbeing can be as relevant to those who are flourishing as to those who are languishing – and as relevant to education, work and public policy as to our inner private world.
Co-Director, Well-Being Programme, Centre for Economic Performance
London School of Economics
A useful and timely guide to a positive psychology that focuses on ‘our’ well-being rather than on ‘my’ well-being.
Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
This is a timely and important book that truly rises to the challenges of our difficult age. It beautifully exemplifies the compassionate, clear-eyed, multidimensional thinking and strategizing that humankind is going to need over the years ahead. Moreover, not only is its message vital, it is very well articulated, written in accessible language that helps ensure its meaning is not lost or diluted. A must-read for everyone helping to make the world a better place.
School of Psychology
University of East London
Creating the World We Want to Live In is a book that aims high, and quite rightly so. The authors are all highly acclaimed experts in positive psychology who work, write and live with passion and purpose. Each brings years of wisdom to this shared undertaking, to envisage a better more equitable world for us all. There are an enormous number of books that aim to help individual wellbeing; this book takes a broader, more collective perspective. As such it presents a clear call to improve the wellbeing of the world.
Helen Street, The Positive Schools Initiative,
Honorary Fellow, The University of Western Australia.
What kind of world do we want to live in? In shifting from the narrow perspective of individual well-being to a global systems-informed one, this question and its potential answers point towards an important new wave in positive psychology. How do we create a positive eco-system to ensure sustainable well-being for generations to come? What can a truly multi-disciplinary approach offer us over and above the existing scope of positive psychology? This book offers intriguing answers to these complex questions, based on extensive research and practical know-how of its stellar author cast. A beautiful read!
Execute Directeur – Positran; Strategic programme leader IMAPP – Anglia Ruskin University
Visiting & Associate Professor – CentraleSupelec, HEC and University of East London
A great book that brings together key insights from positive psychology and related scientific fields studying what makes life worth living. It could not come at a better time than this, in which the mere amount of accessible information is enough to overwhelm many of us – and where it is often difficult to reach common understandings of even simple facts, let alone agreement on common strategies for moving forward. The authors succeed wonderfully in both: They provide a clear overview of current knowledge and they illuminate compelling, common pathways to a better future informed by this knowledge. Highly recommended!
Hans Henrik Knoop
Associate Professor with Distinction, Aarhus University, Denmark
Extraordinary Professor, Optentia, North-West University, South Africa
Past President, European Network for Positive Psychology
If you ever feel that it is impossible to change the world – read this book. It is a book about empowerment, showing us brilliantly through positive psychology how individuals and communities are all agents of flourishing. Read this book, it will support you in the creation of the world you want to live in.
School of Positive Transformation