Editorial : Special edition on positive psychology and phenomenology

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    Abstract: This Special Edition has a broad thematic focus on qualitative research in positive psychology, which, at its core, is concerned with the study of human flourishing and well-being. Positive psychology focuses on personal strengths and virtues, as well as processes and conditions which could contribute to optimal functioning. At its inception as a field of enquiry, Seligman (1999) linked positive psychology to the rich philosophical traditions of exploring the “good life”, yet, while quantitative studies have burgeoned, qualitative studies have been lagging behind (Donaldson, Dollwet & Rao, 2014; Rich, 2016). Adding to our understanding of “human messiness and complexity” (Hefferon, 2014) in exploring human well-being, this edition provides some insight into phenomenology as method of qualitative enquiry. In addition, is explore experiences and processes of well-being of adult and child participants.