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date: 18 February 2019

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The burgeoning literature on positive psychology has strongly impacted on the discipline and its application to disability, broadening the traditional psychological focus on pathology to include the benefits of enhancing subjective well-being (SWB) for both individual and societal functioning. However, as with all new fields of endeavor, the potential of this new approach has been sometimes exaggerated and periodic reviews are required. Crucial to such analysis is the topic of SWB malleability. That SWB can be easily chronically changed is challenged by the theory subjective well-being homeostasis, which proposes that levels of SWB are actively managed to remain within a set-point range for each individual and that efforts to shift SWB above or below this range are resisted. This chapter examines the theoretical and empirical basis for the claims of SWB homeostasis theory and positive psychology, concentrating on the areas of gratitude and forgiveness.

Keywords: limitations of positive psychology, subjective well-being, gratitude, forgiveness

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