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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.

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.
Author(s): Shawn Achor

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.
Author(s): Shane J. Lopez, C. R. Snyder

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.
Author(s): Tayyab Rashid

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.
Author(s): Carol S. Dweck

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.
Author(s): Christopher Peterson

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.
Author(s): Shane J. Lopez , Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti , et al.

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 Author(s): Ilona Boniwell

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.
Author(s): Froh PsyD, Jeffrey, Parks PhD, Acacia C.

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 ca…
Author(s): Robert Biswas-Diener

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, Postgradu…
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 Library 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.

The International Handbook of Positive Psychology: A Global Perspective on the Science of Positive Human Existence

Author(s): Edward C. Chang, Christina Downey, Hongfei Yang, Ingo Zettler, Mine Muyan-Yılık
ID: 3209144, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2022, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf

The Positive Psychology of Personal Factors: Implications for Understanding Disability

Author(s): Michael L. Wehmeyer; Dana S. Dunn
ID: 3230134, Publisher: Lexington Books, Year: 2022, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

The Oxford Handbook of the Positive Humanities

Author(s): Louis Tay (editor), James O. Pawelski (editor)
ID: 3293816, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2022, Size: 24 Mb, Format: pdf

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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