How can we improve our sense of wellbeing? What explains the current wellbeing boom? What does wellbeing mean to you?

The Psychology of Wellbeing offers readers tools to navigate their own wellbeing and understand what makes a ‘good life’. Using self-reflection and storytelling, it explores how trust affects psychological and emotional wellbeing, considers how stress and inequality impact our psychological wellbeing, and how trends such as positive psychology influence our understanding of happiness.

In a world where the ‘wellness economy’ is big business, The Psychology of Wellbeing shows how we can question and make sense of information sources, and sheds light on the wellness, self-care and self-help industry.

chapter 1|8 pages


Defining wellbeing, psychology, and the self

chapter 2|20 pages

Questions of trust

The truth about wellbeing

chapter 3|18 pages

Storytelling and sense-making

50 shades of wellbeing

chapter 4|18 pages

Stress and coping

On being well in yourself

chapter 5|16 pages

Self-help and wellbeing

Ifs, nots, myths, and knots

chapter 6|11 pages

Happiness, meaning, and the good life

The structure of wellbeing

chapter 7|6 pages

Some concluding thoughts …

Stories, questions, and reflections on being well and getting better