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POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY RECOMMENDED READING LIST Part 1 posted Jan 14, 2018

Positive Psychology is a vast field highlighting the best of what life has to offer. It was adopted in 1998 in the American Psychological Association as a new field.

Happiness science is one component of the larger field of positive psychology. Happiness increase is a niche within happiness science.  

Here is a broad reading list of books for those interested in learning more about the research behind this amazing field. If I have overlooked any essential reading, please let me know so I may add it to the list.

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Easy Reading

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN A NUTSHELL (2006) by Ilona Boniwell

This is a very quick and easy read if you want to understand the fundamentals of positive psychology at a high level. It is written by a European Associate Professor at HEC Paris, who heads the Masters in Positive Psychology program.

THE HOW OF HAPPINESS: A NEW APPROACH TO GETTING THE LIFE YOU WANT (2007) by Sonja Lyubomirsky

This book highlights specific happiness boosting activities and overall positive psychology written by one of the top happiness increase scientists from University of California, Riverside.

THE MYTHS OF HAPPINESS: WHAT SHOULD MAKE YOU HAPPY, BUT DOESN’T, WHAT SHOULDN’T MAKE YOU HAPPY, BUT DOES (2014) by Sonja Lyubomirsky

A lot of people believe they understand happiness yet actually are off base. This book does a great job explaining and debunking common misunderstands of happiness.

POSITIVITY: TOP-NOTCH RESEARCH REVEALS THE UPWARD SPIRAL THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE  (2009) by Barbara Fredrickson

This book highlights the Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions, explaining the research behind the model which builds an upward spiral of life. The author is an award winning scholar and researcher at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

FLOURISH: A VISIONARY NEW UNDERSTANDING OF HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING (2012) by Martin E. P. Seligman

This book describes recent updates in the founder of positive psychology thinking in regard to happiness and well-being. He is at the University of Pennsylvania.

LEARNED OPTIMISM: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE (2006) by Martin E. P. Seligman

Optimism is a skill that must be developed in happiness and this book offers practical tools for how to move from pessimism to optimism. It is written by the founder of positive psychology.

AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS: USING THE NEW POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY TO REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL FOR LASTING FULFILLMENT (2004) by Martin E. P. Seligman

One of the first books introducing happiness science and some components of happiness increase written by the founder of Positive Psychology.

FLOW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE (2008) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

This book highlights the research related to the flow state; in which people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. The author is a forefather in positive psychology teaching at Claremont Graduate University and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

THE FUTURE OF HAPPINESS: 5 MODERN STRATEGIES FOR BALANCING PRODUCTIVITY AND WELL-BEING IN THE DIGITAL ERA (2017)

by Amy Blankson and Shawn Achor

Here is a take on happiness from the field, someone who is in the day to day contributions of helping people become happier and the author works with the Harvard Happiness professor.

HAPPIER: LEARN THE SECRETS TO DAILY JOY AND LASTING FULFILLMENT (2007) by Tal Ben-Shahar

This book introduces positive psychology scientific studies, scholarly research, self help techniques and is written by the first happiness professor at Harvard where his class became the most popular class on campus.

cont to part 2 for positive psychology at work, academic reading and coaching methodology

2240 PointsGold

Dr. Aymee Coget

/ Sustainable Happiness Expert