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Some of these are for positive psychology newcomers and some are not, but they are all extremely valuable positive psychology resources. Batthyany, A. Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology. Springer This book is only partially about positive psychology, as it is an attempt to merge ideas from both positive psychology and existential psychology. The idea behind this merging is to glean some idea of meaning from the teachings of both of these fields. This is a high concept exploration into positive and existential psychology that would best serve people who are interested in both positive psychology and philosophical perspectives and certainly does not function as an introduction to positive psychology. That said, it is probably the best option on this list for philosophically-minded fans of positive psychology.
Jan 28, Richard Sparks rated it it was amazing This book really opens your eyes about seeing the truth about yourself and your life. I've read many other books on similar topics, but this one hit home. Now I get it. Excellent principles to guide your thinking and your choices, improve your relationships and happiness.
My 1 self-help resource. I re-read this regularly to keep me on track. Wanting, desiring and having goals are ok, but that makes us live in the future, which does not exist.
Neither does the past. Both are just borrowed realities from the now. What we need to do is believe in what we want us to become, and then The book brought me indeed some new ways of thinking, especially about setting a mindset.
What we need to do is believe in what we want us to become, and then become.
I will be thinner. Half of the book is some pseudo-spiritual crap about how the universe is knowledge and power, and together with us makes a whole, the total. And we are so deeply interconnected that when we believe in something, it happens.
The book is slightly dated, however, so it would best serve as a supplementary introduction to positive psychology. Lomas, T. As the title implies, the book covers all the ways positive psychology teachings are being applied in the world today. While it is meant for students, it would also be an excellent introduction for psychologists who are not familiar with positive psychology, as well as anyone who is looking for a more academic introduction to positive psychology.
Lopez, S. Positive psychological assessment: A handbook of models and measures. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association This book is another introduction to positive psychology that focuses on research, but is hyper-focused on the assessments used in positive psychology research.
It examines the effectiveness of and justification for many different assessments used in positive psychology research and discusses how well they measure real-world variables. This book would be best for someone putting together a positive psychology experiment and looking for the best assessments to use.
That said, anyone looking for a deep dive into the methods of positive psychology research should find this valuable. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology. Over psychology and positive psychology researchers contributed entries to this book, ranging from the basics of positive psychology to how it relates to the business world.
Moneta, G. Positive Psychology: A Critical Introduction. London: Palgrave This book is a unique introduction to positive psychology because it focuses on the question of happiness and how it has historically been conceptualized. The book focuses on how different psychological movements have historically dealt with happiness, culminating in the field of positive psychology.
This is an excellent introduction for anyone in search of a historical, academic approach to positive psychology. New York: Oxford University Press Our third entry in this section from Christopher Peterson is a lighthearted introduction to positive psychology that serves as an excellent non-academic introduction to the field. The author explores happiness through several real-world examples that you can digest a little at a time or all at once.
By reading this book, the author hopes that you not only come away understanding happiness better, but that you also learn to find happiness in your own life just by knowing what to look for. This is an excellent choice for anyone who wants an easy, funny, non-academic but well-informed introduction to positive psychology.
This is the seminal book on positive psychology, so it is an excellent introduction to the field for people who know absolutely nothing about it. In fact, since its publication, this is probably the book most read by people who want to start learning about positive psychology. Snyder, C. Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, 2nd edition. New York: Oxford University Press This book serves as a sprawling compendium of positive psychology and attempts to touch on just about every aspect of the field.
It contains 65 chapters dealing with positive psychology research, and attempts to relate the field to other branches of psychology by including clinical and developmental perspectives, among others. It can either serve as a complete introduction to positive psychology, or as a sort of Rosetta Stone for anyone looking to learn about positive psychology from the perspective of another psychological discipline.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage This introductory positive psychology textbook from the same authors who edited the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology is all about applying positive psychology in different contexts, from school to work to personal relationships. It discusses dozens of case studies involving positive psychology, so these applications are not just theoretical but based on reality. Watkins, P. Positive Psychology New York: Springer This book is meant to be a short but complete introduction to positive psychology suited for both college classes as well as casually-interested readers.
In it, the author presents a history of positive psychology and an overview of the field as it currently stands. Interestingly, the book also includes ways the reader can use positive psychology teachings in their own lives to increase their well-being.
This is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to learn about positive psychology from an academic standpoint but also apply it to their lives. As the title implies, this book is meant to be an introduction to positive psychology for psychology students, but also anyone else who may be interested in the field.
Since it is on the shorter side but also informed by recent research, we recommend it to anyone who wants to quickly learn a lot about positive psychology. This page would definitely be incomplete without the works of Frankl, Maslow, and Rogers who concerned themselves with many of the same questions as positive psychology researchers do nowadays.
A Theory of Human Motivation.
Martino Fine Books This book, originally published in , is the article in which Maslow first introduced his hierarchy of needs. This hierarchy of needs posited that humans have several needs, from obvious ones such as safety to less-obvious ones such as self-esteem and feelings of belonging. The reason this book fits in with positive psychology specifically is that Maslow designed his hierarchy of needs based on people such as Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglas, rather than focusing on people with mental illness.
This extremely short read is an excellent addition to any personal positive psychology library because it is a great example of positive psychology from before the field had been defined. The book focuses on some concepts which have since become fundamental to psychology, such as self-actualization, as well as concepts which are specifically important to positive psychology, such as well-being. Science of Happiness Books While there is a lot of overlap between positive psychology and the science of happiness, they are not exactly the same.
The following books are our favorites that deal specifically with the science of happiness, and most of their teachings fit in easily with positive psychology. If positive psychology mostly interests you because of its dealings with the subject of happiness, these books are for you. Argyle, M. The Psychology of Happiness. New York: Routledge This is the updated edition of a textbook which came out before positive psychology had even been defined as a field.
The book aims to be a comprehensive handbook to happiness, from how happiness is measured to how happiness can affect your life to different lifestyle aspects that can affect happiness. The authors do not only focus on psychology but also incorporate other academic disciplines, making this the definitive textbook when it comes to happiness.
It is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to know about happiness from an academic standpoint, whether it is for research purposes or just for the sake of knowing about it. Ben-Shahar, T.
Happier: Learn the secrets to daily joy and lasting fulfillment. That said, it still aims to be a comprehensive handling of the subject of happiness, and Dr.
Ben-Shahar hopes that anyone reading his book can use it to be happier themselves. This book is a good choice for anyone looking to use scientific findings to be happier but not necessarily looking for a strictly academic treatment of the subject. Branden, N. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Bantam This reprint of the original is a fundamental work on self-esteem. The book discusses how self-esteem is an important psychological function, and why it is a prerequisite for healthy relationships and a healthy mindset.
This book is an important read for anyone who wants to understand the importance of self-esteem or anyone who wants to use the book to raise their own levels of self-esteem. It is also useful for teachers and parents, or anyone else who can affect the self-esteem of others with their actions. Biswas-Diener, R. The Upside of Your Dark Side. Hudson Street Press This book is an interesting e ntrant into the field of positive psychology, because it focuses as much on negative emotions as it does on positive emotions.
The authors believe in using negative emotions to your advantage just as much as you use positive emotions to your advantage. This book will teach you how to harness your emotions, no matter what your level of experience with positive psychology is.
This is the best option for people who want to learn just as much about negative emotions as they wish to learn about positive emotions. Diener, E. Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth. Malden, MA: Blackwell From one of the writers of The Upside of Your Dark Side and his father, this book is another focused look at happiness informed by decades of research.
The goal of this book is not only to tell the reader about happiness but to lay down a path to happiness for the reader. This is a good option for anyone looking to learn about happiness so that they can obtain it in their own lives.
Emmons, R. Mariner Books This book, from notable positive psychology and gratitude researcher Robert Emmons, is a discussion of gratitude and how we can all start practicing it more in our lives. Emmons uses a variety of disciplines, from peer-reviewed psychology to philosophy and theology, to provide evidence for his belief that expressing gratitude is a crucial aspect of a happy life. Along with discussing gratitude and the power of expressing it, Emmons also shows the reader how to begin practicing gratitude in their own lives.
This is a great option for anyone who believes in the power of gratitude and wants to start expressing it more, or for anyone who wants to start learning about gratitude in the first place. Gilbert, D.
Stumbling on happiness. New York: Vintage This book from a Harvard psychologist approaches the question of happiness with several real-world examples. The author examines how we think about the future, how we think about relationships and how we think about our own lives, to understand why we feel as happy or unhappy as we do. This is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an entertaining discussion on happiness, although I should note the author is certainly still informed by academic research.
Haidt, J. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding modern truth in ancient wisdom. New York: Basic Books Part philosophical inquiry, part psychological discussion, this treatise on happiness aims to reconcile age-old intuition with proven modern research.
The author takes a very systematic approach in this book, presenting one ancient idea at a time and seeing what parts of that idea science does and does not agree with. This book is a good choice for anyone who thinks we should try to learn from the past rather than abandon historical teachings, but also wants a foundation in modern epistemology.
Anyone coming to the science of happiness from a philosophical background will probably enjoy this book more than the others listed here. Hanson, R. In it, the author explains how you can train your brain to pay more attention to positive thoughts and emotions, which in turn will help you find more happiness in your life.
It was written by a clinical psychologist and comes recommended by many mindfulness leaders, including Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Thich Nhat Hanh.
This indicates that the book succeeds as an integration of Eastern and Western schools of thought. This book is a great option for anyone who feels like they dwell too much on negative things that happen to them, and is looking for more happiness in their lives. Layard, R. Happiness: Lessons from a new science. New York: Penguin This book is unique on this list, as it is written by an economist rather than a psychologist.
The author does make use of psychological teachings, however, to answer his main question, which is why people and societies do not necessarily become happier as they make more and more money. This book does not only set out to understand the factors that do actually lead to more happiness, but also serves as a manifesto for enacting the societal conditions which will lead to greater levels of happiness. This book is a clear choice for people who are just as interested in economics as they are in psychology.
Lyubormirsky, S. Unlike many of the books on this list, though, this also serves as a workbook to help the reader use happiness teachings to their advantage.
This book is another great choice for anyone looking for happiness teachings that they can easily apply to their own lives. Lyubomirsky, S. As an example, the author presents research showing that people dissatisfied with their jobs were still unhappy after getting promoted or finding a new job in a more desirable city. The book argues that it is not our circumstances that determine our happiness levels, but our mindset.
This book discusses similar myths about happiness and ways to not fall for these myths. This is a good option for anyone who wants to further their understanding of happiness and figure out how to find it in their own lives. Post, S. Why good things happen to good people: The exciting new research that proves the link between doing good and living a longer, healthier, happier life. New York: Random House This is another book that aims to lead people to happiness, but focuses on one path: giving.
The authors believe based on happiness research that being a kind and giving person is an easy road to happiness and prosperity that anyone can follow. After convincing the reader of this, the authors offer up 10 different ways that the reader can start being a more giving person with the goal of having happiness come back around to them.
It should also be noted that donating money to charity is not one of the 10 methods discussed by the authors, so these teachings can be applied by readers with all levels of wealth. Atria Books This book from Martin Seligman comes 10 years after his last book, and is an attempt by Seligman to further define well-being. Any book by Seligman is a must-read for anyone interested in positive psychology, and this is no exception.
Positive Leadership in Organizations and Communities As positive psychology gains more widespread recognition, one of the most fertile grounds for its application is in the world of coaching and leadership.
These are books which focus on positive leadership, that is, using psychological teachings to be a more effective leader and to get the most out of the people you are leading. Anyone who is a leader at work or in their community should find the following books helpful. Avolio, B. The High-Impact Leader. New York: McGraw-Hill The goal of this book is to teach you how to be the best leader you can be for yourself and for your employees. The authors combine teachings from the Gallup Leadership Institute with teachings from real-world leaders such as Bill Gates to deliver an easy-to-digest handbook on how to become an effective business leader based on your existing strengths.
This book is a good option for any leader who wants to improve their skills and their overall organizational health. Brewer, G. The best of the Gallup Management Journal. From interviews with effective leaders to actionable steps the reader can take to improve their relationships with employees, this book has no shortage of useful ideas leaders can incorporate into their own management style.
This book is a great choice for any leader or manager who wants to do better, no matter how much they already know. Cameron, K. Positive Organizational Scholarship. The idea behind POS is simply to develop strategies which will lead to positive results for an organization and everyone in it.
This book is a collection of essays which deal with POS, all from scholars who have seen the benefits of POS in action. Anyone looking to improve their organization in any way can learn from these essays, and the way they are broken up makes this a handy reference manual to reach for during any free periods or to digest all at once. Positive leadership: Strategies for extraordinary performance.
Any business leader can find useful tips in this book, which presents four strategies for positive leadership as well as an assessment for the reader to gauge their own positive leadership skills.
Cooperrider, D. Appreciative inquiry: A positive revolution in change. Any leader looking to incorporate AI into their organization will find this short handbook to be an excellent starting point on the road to making themselves, their employees, and their customers happier and more satisfied. Good business: Leadership, flow, and the making of meaning.
New York: Penguin This book is another contribution to flow from the man who popularized the concept, but with a focus on business and work. Intended for all people involved in business from entry-level employees to CEOs, Dr.
Csikszentmihalyi aims to apply his teachings to the world of The author claims that work is one of the main pillars of daily life nowadays, so it is crucial that people use psychological concepts to make sure that it is fulfilling and brings you happiness. Well-being for Public Policy. New York: Oxford University Press As indicated by the title, this book focuses on the idea of using well-being as opposed to, say, economically-driven motivators to shape public policy.
The authors first discuss the importance of being able to measure subjective well-being, and different ways this can be done. They then go on to explain different ways these measurements of subjective well-being can and should be incorporated into public policy for the betterment of society.
This book is more focused on society at large than organizations and their leaders, so it is better suited for anyone specifically involved with or interested in public policy. This public policy perspective also makes this book unique among the ones listed here. Dutton, J. Energize your workplace: How to create and sustain high-quality connections at work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Like some of the others on this list, this book stresses the importance of positive work relationships.
The author takes a unique approach, though, by specifically offering different ways that existing negative work relationships can be turned into positive work relationships. This book is especially well-suited for human resources leaders, and managers of all types as well as employees should find value in its pages. Anyone who feels that negative work relationships dominate their organization should turn to this book first and foremost.
Steve Gladis Leadership Partners This book on positive leadership is almost two books in one package. The first part is a discussion of positive psychology research involving positive leadership, while the second part focuses on a story which involves some of the principles gleaned from the research described in the first part. This dual approach to positive leadership makes for a unique book which will appeal to anyone who likes both academic discussions and narratives. Anyone who wants to learn about positive leadership and read about it in action should give this book a try.