Positive Psychology Books

Positive Psychology Books

If you’re interested in learning more about positive psychology, the following publications are a good place to start. Within them you’ll find references and suggestions for further reading on topics of particular interest.

Many should be available at your local bookshop or library, alternatively they can be found online with most major booksellers.

Boniwell, I. (2012). Positive Psychology In A Nutshell: The Science Of Happiness. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Brown, N. J., Lomas, T., & Eiroa-Orosa, F. J. (Eds.). (2017). The Routledge international handbook of critical positive psychology. Routledge.

Cameron, K. (2012). Positive leadership: Strategies for extraordinary performance. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

David, S. A., Boniwell, I., & Ayers, A. C. (Eds.). (2014). The Oxford handbook of happiness. Oxford University Press.

Dutton, J. E., & Spreitzer, G. M. (2014). How to be a positive leader: Small actions, big impact. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Fredrickson, B. L. (2013). Love 2.0: Finding happiness and health in moments of connection. Penguin.

Hefferon, K., & Boniwell, I. (2011). Positive psychology: Theory, research and applications. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Ivtzan, I., Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., & Worth, P. (2015). Second wave positive psychology: Embracing the dark side of life. Routledge.

Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. Macmillan.

Kashdan, T., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2014). The upside of your dark side: Why being your whole self–not just your “good” self–drives success and fulfillment. Penguin.

Lopez, S. J., Pedrotti, J. T., & Snyder, C. R. (2018). Positive psychology: The scientific and practical explorations of human strengths. Sage Publications.

Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). The how of happiness: A practical guide to getting the life you want. Piatkus.

Parks, A. C., & Schueller, S. (Eds.). (2014). The Wiley Blackwell handbook of positive psychological interventions. John Wiley & Sons.

Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification (Vol. 1). Oxford University Press.

Roffey, S. (2012). Positive relationships: Evidence based practice across the world. New York, NY, US: Springer Science+ Business Media.

Sheldon, K. M., Kashdan, T. B., & Steger, M. F. (Eds.). (2010). Designing positive psychology: Taking stock and moving forward. Oxford University Press.

Snyder, C. R., & Lopez, S. J. (Eds.). (2009). Oxford handbook of positive psychology. Oxford library of psychology.

18 comments

  1. Laura, what a list of recommended reading! I’ve been a fan of positive psychology from the sidelines for years so I wouldn’t know where to begin. Could you recommend your favourite as I’m a slow reader because of limitations of chronic fatigue. Or would you consider posting your mini review of each? Le grà, Marie

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