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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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chapter THREE

Positive Psychology

Kate Hefferon

Over the last decade, the integration of positive psychology into the coaching world has increased significantly (Grant, in press; Grant & Spence, in press; Kauffman & Scouler, 2004). Although this is an obvious pairing, it is only recently that the publication of accessible and scientifically supported literature in positive psychology has enabled coaches to access existing validated positive psychology interventions (known as PPIs). These offer a wealth of innovative and invigorating exercises for coaches to use in their client sessions.

Major areas in the field of positive psychology include positive emotions, resilience, strengths, and flow. What follows is by no means an exhaustive review ...

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