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date: 26 September 2017

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People are interested in information and strategies that can increase their long-term happiness. To support this interest, theoretically sound and empirically tested resources should be available to consumers. This chapter reviews the theoretical basis and existing evidence for psychological interventions designed to increase happiness. The authors propose that the creation of an empirically-supported self-help movement is an important step in the dissemination of interventions. They review existing interventions from various domains that fall broadly into categories of pleasure, engagement, or meaning. Findings suggest that practitioners should use techniques that jointly target pleasure, engagement, and meaning, incorporate client preference and lifestyle factors into selection of strategies, and address preconceived notions regarding the malleability of happiness to provide the most efficacious and accessible interventions. A practice of self-help guided by the science of happiness helps ensure that the public will receive techniques that can lead to marked and lasting increases in happiness.

Keywords: increasing happiness, self-help, positive interventions, positive psychotherapy, dissemination, empirically-supported treatments, subsyndromal depression

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