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Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Positive Psychology books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing (2019)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListTopically organized, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing presents a highly engaging, up-to-date introduction to positive psychology. Authors William C. Compton and Edward Hoffman invite students to apply practices to their own lives, contexts, and experiences to ensure understanding. The text examines how positive psychology applies to stressors and health within such traditional research areas as developmental, clinical, personality, motivational, social, and behavioral psychology. Furthermore, the text offers perspectives on positive emotional states, research and theory on positive traits, coverage of positive…
Author(s): William C. Compton, Edward L. Hoffman

2. The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life (2018)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListConventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by…
Author(s): Shawn Achor

3. The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology) (2011)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListThe Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology is the seminal reference in the field of positive psychology, which in recent years has transcended academia to capture the imagination of the general public. The handbook provides a roadmap for the psychology needed by the majority of the population — those who don’t need treatment but want to achieve the lives to which they aspire. These 65 chapters summarize all of the relevant literature in the field. The content’s breadth and depth provide an unparalleled cross-disciplinary look at positive psychology from diverse fields and all branches of…
Author(s): Shane J. Lopez, C. R. Snyder

4. Positive Psychotherapy: Workbook (Series in Positive Psychology) (2019)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListFor over a century the focus of psychotherapy has been on what ails us, with the therapeutic process resting upon the assumption that unearthing past traumas, correcting faulty thinking, and restoring dysfunctional relationships is curative. But something important has been overlooked: the positives. Shouldn’t making us happier, better people be explicit goals of therapy?Positive Psychotherapy: Workbook guides readers through a session-by-session therapeutic approach based on the principles of positive psychology, an exciting new area of study…
Author(s): Tayyab Rashid

5. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2007)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListAfter decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put…
Author(s): Carol S. Dweck

6. A Primer in Positive Psychology (Oxford Positive Psychology Series) (2006)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListPositive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and at all stops in between. It is a newly-christened approach within psychology that takes seriously the examination of that which makes life most worth living. Everyone’s life has peaks and valleys, and positive psychology does not deny the valleys. Its signature premise is more nuanced, but nonetheless important: what is good about life is as genuine as what is bad and, therefore, deserves equal attention from psychologists. Positive psychology as an explicit perspective has existed…
Author(s): Christopher Peterson

7. Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths (2018)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListPositive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths comprehensively covers the science and application of positive psychology. Authors Shane J. Lopez, Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, and C. R. Snyder bring positive psychology to life by illustrating issues such as how psychological strength can help increase positive outcomes in school and the workplace and promote cooperative relationships among people. Furthermore, the book encourages readers to engage with concepts in order to understand positive emotions and strengths, such as empathy,…
Author(s): Shane J. Lopez , Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti , et al.

8. Positive Psychology in a Nutshell: The Science of Happiness (2012)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListDr Alex Linley, University of Leicester, UK Dr Cecilia d’Felice, Consultant Psychologist, Author and Columnist for The Times and The Metro Richard Whitfield, Human Development Specialist, Educator, Poet and Chairman of Trustees of the Face-to-Face Trust Dr Anthony Seldon, Master, Wellington College, Berkshire, UK Dr Carol Kauffman, Co-founder and Director of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Initiative, Harvard Medical School, USA Dr Sean Cameron, Co-Director, Practitioner Doctorate in Educational Psychology, University College London, UK Mike Shooter is a child psychiatrist and President of BACP, UK ‘What makes us fulfilled?’ and ‘Is…
Author(s): Ilona Boniwell

9. Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology: A Guide for Instructors (2012)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListPositive psychology is a rapidly expanding area of study that is of great interest to students at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels. But the field is so broad that teachers who want to cover all the bases when designing a positive psychology course may have difficulty locating and selecting materials.Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology addresses this problem by presenting a comprehensive set of fun, interactive classroom activities devised by contributors who are experienced teachers as well as leading scholars in their areas. Chapters cover all the topics typically included in…
Author(s): Froh PsyD, Jeffrey, Parks PhD, Acacia C.

10. Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (2010)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListDiscover proven strategies for applying positive psychology within your coaching practice Written by Robert Biswas-Diener, a respected researcher, psychologist, life and organizational coach, and expert in positive psychology, Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching presents a wide range of practical interventions and tools you can put to use right away in your coaching practice. Each intervention is clearly outlined and, where appropriate, illustrated by case studies from organizational and life coaching. Providing unique assessments that can be used to evaluate client resources…
Author(s): Robert Biswas-Diener

11. Positive Psychology: Theory, Research And Applications (2011)

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate ListHans Henrik Knoop, Aarhus University, Denmark and President, European Network for Positive Psychology Angela Clow, University of Westminster, UK Professor Alex Linley, Founding Director, Capp Antonella Delle Fave, University of Milano, Italy Nanette Mutrie, Professor of Exercise and Sport Psychology, Strathclyde University, UK Charlotte Taylor, Research Assistant, University of Worcester, UK Steven Southworth, Postgraduate Psychology student, University of Essex, UK Discover the latest research findings and thinking on the topics of happiness,…
Author(s): Kate Hefferon

Best Positive Psychology Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some positive psychology books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Scientific Pollyannaism: From Inquisition to Positive Psychology

Author(s): Oksana Yakushko
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2382807

The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence

Author(s): Chris Mackey
Publisher: Watkins Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 491 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2403003

Positive Psychology in the Middle East/North Africa: Research, Policy, and Practise

Author(s): Louise Lambert, Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407515

Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts

Author(s): Suzann Pileggi Pawelski, James O. Pawelski
Publisher: TarcherPerigee, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: rar
ID: 2175817

21 days of effective communication: everyday habits and exercises to improve your communication skills and social intelligence

Author(s): Ian Tuhovsky
Publisher: , Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2241107

Close Relationships and Happiness across Cultures

Author(s): Melikşah Demir, Nebi Sümer
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310662

Positive Psychology in the Clinical Domains: Research and Practice

Author(s): Chiara Ruini
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2017, Size: 21 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1631960

Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice

Author(s): Carmel Proctor (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1676638

101 Stories for Enhancing Happiness and Well-Being: Using Metaphors in Positive Psychology and Therapy

Author(s): George W. Burns
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1681765

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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