Physical Activity as a “Stellar” Positive Psychology Intervention

Kate Hefferon and Nanette Mutrie

in The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394313
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Physical Activity as a “Stellar” Positive Psychology Intervention

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This chapter discusses the origins of the positive psychology movement; the main theoretical areas within positive psychology, such as positive emotions, resilience, and psychological well-being; and how physical activity provides a stellar medium for application of these concepts. Furthermore, the chapter discusses the links between the disciplines of positive psychology and physical activity in relation to interventions for well-being. The chapter concludes with a critical reflection and suggestions for future research.

Keywords: positive psychology; physical activity; psychological well-being; positive emotions; resilience; positive psychology interventions

Article.  8431 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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