Here are a few of my recommended reads in the field of Positive Psychology. For me the criteria for books on this list include: A) they are recent; B) they are excellent; C) they are not necessarily heavily reported on elsewhere. In no particular order they are:
Felicitators. While most books on happiness focus on how you, personally, can get more of this desirable emotion, Felicitators takes a different approach. An international team of experts from across disciplines nominates those in history who have created the most happiness for others. Nominees include Maria Montessori, Central Park, Dr. Seuss and the Singapore Prison System! The very best part of this book is that you can have a free electronic version of it by clicking here!
Willpower, by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney. This well-written volume tackles the science of habits, will, temptation and other topics related to our daily lives. Baumeister is among the most prolific psychologists alive and there are many, many gems in this entertaining and informative book.
End Malaria, edited by Michael Bungay Stanier. What is more positive than a book in which 20 of every 25 dollars is donated to eradicating malaria? This volume includes short chapters on love, strengths, courage and collaboration, among other topics. Contributors include heavyweights Sir Ken Robinson, Steven Johnson, Barry Schwartz, Seth Godin, Dan Pink and many more.
Designing Positive Psychology, edited by Ken Sheldon, Todd Kashdan and Mike Steger. This large academic volume advances the entire science of positive psychology. It includes insightful chapters on relationships, positive emotion, mindfulness, organizational interventions, positive personality and other topics. Especially recommended for those who already know basic positive psychological science.
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