- Diener, E., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Beyond money: Toward an economy of well-being. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 5(1), 1-31.
- Examines the key indicators of well-being, with an emphasis on strong social relationships.
- Kashdan, T.B., McKnight, P.E., Fincham, F.D., & Rose, P. (2011). When curiosity breeds intimacy: Taking advantage of intimacy opportunities and transforming boring conversations. Journal of Personality, 79, 1369-1401.
- Draws the link between one VIA character strength, curiosity, and its link with facilitating positive connections with others – both with strangers and intimate partners.
Knowing and Being Known
- Gander, F., Proyer, R. T., Ruch, W., & Wyss, T. (2012). Strength-based positive interventions: Further evidence for their potential in enhancing well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies.
- Intervention research revealing positive effects of several exercises, including the strategy of using one signature strength in a new way each day. Signature strengths are a crucial pathway for the mutual “knowing” among relationship partners.
- Lambert, N. M., Gwinn, A. M., Baumeister, R. F., Strachman, A., Washburn, I. J., Gable, S. L., & Fincham, F. D. (2012). A boost of positive affect: The perks of sharing positive experiences. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 24 – 43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/ 0265407512449400
- Examines the benefits of sharing oneself and one’s positive experiences.
Appreciating and Accepting
- Koo, M., Algoe, S. B., Wilson, T. D., & Gilbert, D. T. (2008). It’s a wonderful life: Mentally subtracting positive events improves people’s affective states, contrary to their affective forecasts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1217-1224.
- Study demonstrating positive results when individuals imagine what their life would be like without one particular positive element in it.
- Adler, M. G., & Fagley, N.S. (2005). Appreciation: Individual differences in finding value and meaning as a unique predictor of subjective well-being. Journal of Personality, 73(1). 79-114.
- Examines appreciation and ways to foster appreciation to benefit well-being.
- Veldorale-Brogan, A., Bradford, K., & Vail A. (2010). Marital virtues and their relationship to individual functioning, communication, and relationship adjustment. Journal of Positive Psychology, 5(4), 281-293.
- Examines numerous ways to boost positive relationships and communication, including enacting marital virtues and making character strengths “other-oriented.”
- Gable, S. L., Reis, H. T., Impett, E. A., & Asher, E. R. (2004). What do you do when things go right? The intrapersonal and interpersonal benefits of sharing positive events. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87(2), 228-245.
- One of several studies that shows the benefits of capitalization (sharing good news with others) and active-constructive responding (responding with enthusiasm to others’ good news).
Resolving and Repairing
- Hawkins, M. W., Carrere, S., & Gottman, J. M. (2002). Marital sentiment override: Does it influence couples’ perceptions? Journal of Marriage and Family, 64, 193-201.
- One of many articles from John Gottman’s research. This one examines positive and negative sentiment override.
- Niemiec, R. M. (2012). Mindful living: Character strengths interventions as pathways for the five mindfulness trainings. International Journal of Wellbeing, 2(1), 22-33. doi:10.5502/ijw.v2i1.2
- Discusses concepts, research, and practices that align character strengths and elements of mindful living, including mindful listening and mindful speech.
- Kauffman, C., & Silberman, J. (2009). Finding and fostering the positive in relationships: Positive interventions in couples therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology 65(5), 520-531.
- Offers an organizational framework for fostering, balancing, and maintaining positive relationships, which includes an emphasis on character strengths.
- Gordon, A. M., Impett, E. A., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (2012). To have and to hold: Gratitude promotes relationship maintenance in intimate bonds. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 103(2), 257–274.
- Scholarly study on maintaining intimate bonds in relationships.