Our Book Recommendations

 

We have selected books on general Positive Psychology and individual topics. We have selected a range of books to suit those new to the subject as well as those wishing to study at an academic level.

General

Most people want to be successful in life. And of course, everyone wants to be happy. When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful.....


The new perspective of positive psychology takes these questions seriously and provides some useful answers. In Pursuing the Good Life, Christopher Peterson, one of the founders and leaders of positive psychology...


Dr Ilona Boniwell is recognized as Europe’s leading researcher, innovator and thinker in the expanding world of positive psychology. Positive Psychology in a Nutshell offers something for everyone with an interest in discovering how to live optimally....


If you think you know what positive psychology is, think again! This book offers a new integrative vision for making life better that takes in the body and the brain, culture and society, childhood and development... A must read for students."...


Positive psychology is currently equated with theory and research on the positive aspects of life. The reality could not be further from the truth. Positive psychology investigates and researches some of the most difficult and painful experiences....


If you think you know what positive psychology is, think again! This book offers a new integrative vision for making life better that takes in the body and the brain, culture and society, childhood and development... A must read for students."....


Positive Emotions

One of the leading members of the positive psychology movement draws on cutting-edge research and lab-tested tools to explain:

• Why positivity is more important than happiness
• How it relieves depression broadens minds and builds lives....


Positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson investigates the importance of love in improving mental and physical health. Using research from her lab, Fredrickson redefines love as micro moments of connection possible between all people....


Flow and Meditation

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment....


To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to show us how to silence our thoughts and create a liberated life....


Awareness Is Freedom: The Adventure of Psychology and Spirituality proposes a unique combination of spiritual and psychological concepts that together lead to greater self-awareness and wellbeing....


The Learn, Enjoy, Flow and Grow coaching method provides the perfect solution. It is an approach that can be applied to yourself, or others with whom you work. Ultimately, it is a process of self-development and if you are open to learning and seizing opportunities, throughout your life....


Combining the ‘Learn, Enjoy, Flow and Grow’ coaching method with the ‘9 Habits of a Flow Coach’ is the key to unlocking your potential and the potential of those whom you coach. Each habit can be integrated into the thinking and practice of the coach....


Goal Setting and Grit

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls "grit." "Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere"....


Creating Your Best Life is the only research-based book on the topic of goals and happiness and it has found receptive audiences worldwide. Filled with interactive exercises and quizzes, it helps readers set and accomplish life list goals and understand the link between goal accomplishment and happiness....


Grit--defined as our perseverance and passion for long-term goals--is now recognized as one of the key determinants of success and life satisfaction. So, how do we build this essential quality? "First we have to understand what authentic grit is,"....


Happiness

This broad and innovative self-development guide shows readers how they can use scientific findings from contemporary positive psychology to enhance their lives. Containing dozens of practical exercises and real-life examples....


The key tenet of THE HOW OF HAPPINESS is that every human being has a happiness 'set point' which, depending on how high or low it is, can determine how positive or negative they feel....


According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from focusing on one’s personal strengths rather than weaknesses....


In this fascinating and often hilarious work – winner of the Royal Society of Science Prize 2007 – pre-eminent psychologist Daniel Gilbert shows how – and why – the majority of us have no idea how to make ourselves happy....


Focusing on life's biggest, messiest moments, Sonja Lyubomirsky provides readers with the clear-eyed vision they need to build the healthiest, most satisfying life. Lyubomirsky argues that we have been given false promises--myths that assure us....


We're all laboring under our own and society's expectations to be perfect in every way-to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of Happier....


Master the art of living from one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders. Thich Nhat Hanh, the world’s most renowned Zen master, turns his mindful attention to the most important subject of all – the art of living....


Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought....


In today’s world, we all experience some hectic days in our careers, family, and social lives. But if you are always stressed, then you need to closely examine how your busyness is affecting your quality of life....


The pronouncements of philosophers are homespun by our grandmothers, and find their way into our common sense: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Happiness comes from within....


Can You Learn to Be Happy?
"There are few self-help books more resolutely down to earth than Happier…Ben Shahar provides straightforward guidelines for integrating habits of gratitude and accepting negative emotions into daily life" Observer, January 2012....


Positive Leadership

Plenty of research has been done on why companies go terribly wrong, but what makes companies go spectacularly right? That's the question that Kim Cameron asked over a decade ago. Since then, Cameron and his colleagues have uncovered the principles and practices....


Mindfulness

It’s time to reclaim your life, start living in the moment, and discover the secrets of mindfulness. People who charge through their days on autopilot are often missing out on life’s most precious gifts. Mindless living puts you at risk of stress, mental health problems, and even weakens your immune system....


Mindset

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset....


Optimism

Known as the father of the science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enhances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it....


Martin E. P. Seligman is one of the most decorated and popular psychologists of his generation. When he first encountered the discipline in the 1960s, it was devoted to eliminating misery: the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms....


Positive Relationships

What happens when a relationship moves from connection to disconnection? Is it possible to reignite love, and do you want to? Reset is an emotionally engaging parable sharing the everyday exchanges between Rachel and John....


Resilience and Grit

In this must-read for anyone seeking to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement....


In The Optimistic Child, Dr. Martin Seligman offers parents, teachers and coaches a well-validated program to prevent depression in children. Seligman shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism that can help them combat sadness....


How much do grit and positive thinking matter when the world around you is starved of support and opportunity? Finally, a book that explains why self-help gurus and motivational speakers mostly fail to deliver, and what really produces results....


Strengths

Who wants to be average? Nobody does, and yet few of us know our strengths clearly or know how to make the most of them. Until now. Average to A+ is the seminal volume for identifying and maximising our strengths....


Carry this book in your back pocket. Let it become your faithful friend that nudges you, at every point in your journey, to unlock your potential. No matter where you are in life—searching for happiness....


This groundbreaking handbook of human strengths and virtues is the first progress report from a prestigious group of researchers in the Values in Action Classification Project....


Wellbeing

Dr Suzy Green’s “The Positivity Prescription” will help you to flourish. It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80, if you’re not feeling like your “best possible self” then this book is your ready-made roadmap to a flourishing life....