What do we know about happiness and well-being and how to best promote these positive states around the globe? Not enough, but more than we did even a decade ago. Breaking tradition with the usual focus on what is wrong with people, the growing field of positive psychology instead asks what contributes to people doing well and being happy, above and beyond the amelioration of psychological suffering. Positive psychology aims to more fully understand such positive states as hope, gratitude, satisfaction, flow, engagement, virtues, purpose, and meaning (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990; Seligman, 2002; Snyder & Lopez, 2002). Although positive psychology is still a field under construction, it provides a scaffolding to begin building a positive psychology for persons with mental retardation (Dykens, in press).

We know precious little about the positive internal states of those with mental retardation. Dykens (in press)...

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