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date: 23 July 2017

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Jane Henry introduces spiritual perspectives on happiness and well-being, concentrating on Buddhist and Hindu conceptions and notions of sanctification and spirituality in everyday life. The chapter introduces Eastern notions of positive emotion and work by Ricard, Salagame, Malinowski, Mahoney and Pargament, Kwee, and Henry. The author compares spiritual and psychological understandings of and approaches to happiness and well-being contrasting the greater spiritual emphasis on interpersonal virtues and acceptance with the common psychological focus on personal goals and striving towards these. She goes on to suggest that positive psychologists could usefully devote more time to differentiating between different states of optimal well-being.

Keywords: well-being, spiritual, development, contentment, Eastern approaches

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