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(p. 282) Promoting Students’ Positive Emotions, Character, and Purpose 

(p. 282) Promoting Students’ Positive Emotions, Character, and Purpose
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(p. 282) Promoting Students’ Positive Emotions, Character, and Purpose
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Shannon M. Suldo

, Jenni Menon Mariano

, and Hannah Gilfix

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190918873.003.0015
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date: 25 January 2021

Grounded in positive psychology, this chapter focuses on constructs that increase well-being and may result in a flourishing emotional state. Within the PERMA framework, flourishing is reflected in positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Specifically, this chapter takes an in-depth look into the constructs of positive emotions, character, and purpose. Information on measurement tools, correlates, and possible interventions for each of the three constructs is provided. An emphasis is also placed on promising positive psychology interventions, many of which utilize strategies involving character strengths as defined in accordance with the Values in Action (VIA) Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues. The chapter concludes with information on how a reader can implement various positive psychology activities, as well as different school based-programs that incorporate purpose and positive psychology interventions.

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