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Does happiness matter? What are happy people like? Can people enhance their sense of well-being? One of the most important movements in psychology during the past two decades, positive psychology is a discipline that seeks to understand the factors that contribute the most to a well lived and fulfilling life. Written by a highly respected scholar and educator of positive psychology, this is a concise, accessible overview of this popular field of study, appropriate for anyone seeking an introduction to positive psychology and an ideal brief text for relevant college courses. It surveys the origins and current state of what is known about this evolving field, with a particular emphasis on well-being as the leading edge of positive psychology research and practice.