Top 50 Positive Psychology Books


1. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E.P. Seligman (2002)


2. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being by Martin E.P. Seligman (2011)


3. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor (2010)


4. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt (2005)


5. The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky (2007)


6. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990)


7. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E.P. Seligman (1990)


8. Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar (2007)


9. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck (2006)


10. The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin (2009)


11. Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive by Barbara L. Fredrickson (2009)


12. Before Happiness: How Creating a Positive Reality First Amplifies Your Levels of Happiness and Success by Shawn Achor (2013)


13. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Todd Gilbert (2006)


14. The Optimistic Child by Martin E.P. Seligman (1995)


15. The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky (2012)


16. Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification by Christopher Peterson (2004)


17. Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become by Barbara L. Fredrickson (2013)


18. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown (2012)


19. Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons (2007)


20. A Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson (2006)


21. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown (2010)


22. Choose the Life You Want: The Way to Lasting Happiness Moment by Moment by Tal Ben-Shahar (2009)


23. Grit by Angela Duckworth (2016)


24. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister (2011)


25. The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdlesby Karen Reivich (2002)


26. What You Can Change and What You Can’t: The Complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement by Martin E.P. Seligman (1993)


27. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (2011)


28. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1995)


29. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard (2003)


30. Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson (2012)


31. Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success by Robert Biswas-Diener (2010)


32. Positive Psychology: Theory, Research and Applications by Kate Hefferon (2011)


33. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz (2004)


34. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (1946)


35. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (2007)


36. Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths by Ryan M. Niemiec (2008)


37. Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth by Ed Diener (2008)


38. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff (2011)


39. Rising Strong by Brené Brown (2015)


40. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman (1995)


41. Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (2003)


42. Applied Positive Psychology by Stewart I. Donaldson (2011)


43. Being Happy: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life by Tal Ben-Shahar (2010)


44. Positive Psychology In A Nutshell by Ilona Boniwell (2012)


45. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (Kindle Edition) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1996)


46. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham (2001)


47. The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life by Tal Ben-Shahar (2009)


48. The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It by Kelly McGonigal (2012)


49. Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation by Gabriele Oettingen (2014)


50. Handbook of Positive Psychology by C.R. Snyder (2001)



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