27. Act Well to Be Well: The Promise of Changing Personality States to Promote Well-Being

  1. Acacia C. Parks1 and
  2. Stephen M. Schueller2
  1. Laura E. R. Blackie,
  2. Ann Marie Roepke,
  3. Marie J. C. Forgeard,
  4. Eranda Jayawickreme and
  5. William Fleeson

Published Online: 11 APR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118315927.ch27

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions

How to Cite

Blackie, L. E. R., Roepke, A. M., Forgeard, M. J. C., Jayawickreme, E. and Fleeson, W. (2014) Act Well to Be Well: The Promise of Changing Personality States to Promote Well-Being, in The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions (eds A. C. Parks and S. M. Schueller), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118315927.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Hiram College

  2. 2

    Northwestern University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 APR 2014
  2. Published Print: 6 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119950561

Online ISBN: 9781118315927

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Keywords:

  • personality;
  • well-being;
  • behavioral intervention;
  • density distributions model;
  • personality states;
  • post-traumatic growth;
  • work performance;
  • creativity

Summary

Based on recent theoretical and empirical advancements in personality psychology, this chapter proposes an intervention approach that enhances positive well-being by simply instructing individuals to act in ways that promote these positive outcomes. We review theoretical approaches and empirical evidence that has demonstrated that enacting certain personality traits enhances well-being. We then discuss how these findings can form the basis of a behavioral intervention approach that could serve to increase positive affect, enhance work performance as well as creative thinking, and even facilitate psychological growth in the aftermath of experiences of personal adversity.