Positive Psychology Resources
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What You Will Learn
What is Positive Psychology?
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What (and Why) is Positive Psychology, an overview paper by psychologists Shelly Gable and Jonathan Haidt.
Positive Psychology Books
1. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom – The book which introduced me to positive psychology.
2. Stumbling on Happiness – What are cognitive biases and what is their relevance to happiness and well-being?[ted id=97]
Wikipedia book summary.
3. The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, but Does – Debunks a number of happiness myths.
A summary of hedonic adaptation.
4. Flourish – Written by field founder Martin Seligman, introduces recent research as well as the new PERMA model of well-being.
New York Times piece introducing PERMA.
The Time Paradox – The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life – The subtitle is a bit of an exaggeration, but the book provides an entertaining and informative overview of a different approach to happiness.
The First 20 Minutes – An overview of recent exercise science. Why is this on the list? Because exercise is one of the most effective methods of increasing well-being.
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind – Best book on self-compassion, another effective method of increasing well-being.
Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier – The best book on gratitude, perhaps the most effective method of increasing well-being.
The Happiness Project – An inspiring story of someone actually implementing positive psychology advice.
Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength – What good is advice if you don’t implement it?
Search Inside Yourself – Not the most accurate or scientific introduction to meditation, but certainly the most inspiring.
A Guide to the Good Life – The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy – I recommend this book for its section on negative visualization, perhaps the most powerful gratitude exercise. Also describes an alternative approach to happiness.
Cognitive Biases – Thinking Fast and Slow, the best book on the subject. LessWrong, a deeper look at rationality.
Gratitude – Research studies here, research studies and overviews here.
Grit – Research studies here, research summary here.
Sel-Compassion – Research here, research summary here.
Self-Regulation – Research here and here.
Social Anxiety & Character Strengths – Research here, VIA Institute on Character here.
Time Perspective –
Losada Ratio – Research and summary here.
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