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It publishes six issues a year and presents the latest scientific findings related to happiness, fulfillment, and flourishing. The Journal of Positive Psychology pools information from a multitude of disciplines that range from psychology to economics.
To give you a better idea of the breadth of topics that the Journal of Positive Psychology covers, here are some of the titles featured in the latest issue:
- “The Benefits of Self-Forgiveness on Mental Health: Evidence From Correlational and Experimental Research” (Peterson et al., 2016).
- “Self-Determination in Relation to Quality of Life in Homeless Young Adults: Direct and Indirect Effects Through Psychological Distress and Social Support” (Krabbenborg et al., 2016).
- “How Animals Contribute to Subjective Well-Being: A Comprehensive Model of Protective and Risk Factors” (Luhmann & Kalitzki, 2016).
- “Well-Being Vocabulary in Media Language: An Analysis of Changing Word Usage in Norwegian Newspapers” (Carlquist et al., 2016).
- “Character Strengths Predict Resilience Over and Above Positive Affect, Self-Efficacy, Optimism, Social Support, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction” (Martínez-Martí & Ruch, 2016).
- “Authenticity as a Eudaimonic Construct: The Relationships Among Authenticity, Values, and Valence” (Smallenbroek, Zelenski, & Whelan, 2016).
As you can see, the Journal of Positive Psychology features a variety of the latest findings in the field. If you are interested in taking a closer look, you can explore The Journal of Positive Psychology’s entire publication history.
The Journal of Positive Psychology is a valuable resource for anyone involved in positive psychology, particularly students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners. Due to the monopolistic nature of the publishing industry, reading the Journal of Positive Psychology is currently the only method of receiving direct and immediate access to the most groundbreaking and current research in the field.
Even if you’re not directly involved in positive psychology, the Journal of Positive Psychology has a great deal of practical value for anyone looking to apply the latest insights on flourishing and happiness to their own lives.
How to Access the Journal of Positive Psychology Online
Unfortunately, the Journal of Positive Psychology is only available for those willing to pay a pretty lofty price. High subscription prices are the norm for scientific journals, and a personal subscription to the print journal costs nearly $200 USD a year, while institutional access to the journal will cost you more than $1,000 USD a year. (See here for exact pricing details.)
If the Journal of Positive Psychology is out of your price range (and understandably so), there are some other options available to you.
- If you are a student, professor, or researcher in some way affiliated with a university, you should check with your administration to see if they have already paid for a subscription that would grant you online access.
- Check out the public libraries in your area. A local university library might have a subscription.
- If you are willing to search, you may be able to find individual articles online. Researchers often provide free access to their work on their own websites or on sites like PubMed, ResearchGate, or Academia.
- If all else fails, researchers are often more than happy to provide free copies of their articles if you email them politely and give them ample time to respond. However, to be respectful of their time, you should only contact them after searching for the article in the databases listed in option 3.
Whether you opt for an annual subscription or decide to browse the abstracts and hunt for the articles individually, the Journal of Positive Psychology is one of the best resources for the latest in positive psychology research.
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Carlquist, E., Nafstad, H. E., Blakar, R. M., Ulleberg, P., Fave, A. D., & Phelps, J. M. (2016). Well- being vocabulary in media language: An analysis of changing word usage in Norwegian newspapers. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 99-109. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1163411
Krabbenborg, M. A., Boersma, S. N., Veld, W. M., Vollebergh, W. A., & Wolf, J. R. (2016). Self- determination in relation to quality of life in homeless young adults: Direct and indirect effects through psychological distress and social support. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 130-140. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1163404
Luhmann, M., & Kalitzki, A. (2016). How animals contribute to subjective well-being: A comprehensive model of protective and risk factors. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1-15. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1257054
Martínez-Martí, M. L., & Ruch, W. (2016). Character strengths predict resilience over and above positive affect, self-efficacy, optimism, social support, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 110-119. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1163403
Noorden, R. V. (2013). Open access: The true cost of science publishing. Nature, 495(7442), 426-429. doi:10.1038/495426a
Peterson, S. J., Tongeren, D. R., Womack, S. D., Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., & Griffin, B. J. (2016). The benefits of self-forgiveness on mental health: Evidence from correlational and experimental research. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 159-168. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1163407
Smallenbroek, O., Zelenski, J. M., & Whelan, D. C. (2016). Authenticity as a eudaimonic construct: The relationships among authenticity, values, and valence. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 197-209. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1187198