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 majorContinue reading “Positive Psychology Books”

Positive Psychology Websites

If you’re interested in learning more about positive psychology and the science of well-being, below are twelve key sites to get you started. Each cover a range of topics and also often offer both academic and practical resources that you can pick and choose from, depending on your personal interests.   If you want toContinue reading “Positive Psychology Websites”

Positive Psychology Movie Awards

Can character strengths and well-being be enhanced through the use of films? For over a decade, Ryan Niemiec (psychologist, coach, Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character) has been researching and creating lists of films which showcase key themes from Positive Psychology. He suggests that some films can create ‘cinematic elevation’ – motivating usContinue reading “Positive Psychology Movie Awards”

Little Boosts

This is a simple and easy opportunity to enhance positive emotions, connection and show appreciation and kindness towards people you care about. It can be used as a one-off activity or over the course of a week. If you find it successful you can revisit it and try it with someone new! Equipment Post itContinue reading “Little Boosts”

Talking strengths

If you’ve taken time to identify your personal strengths through reflection, talking to others or using one of the strengths tools available, you’ll probably be thinking – what now? One activity that could be beneficial is talking about your strengths with someone you trust. Talking about ourselves in a positive way and highlighting what weContinue reading “Talking strengths”

Changing good intentions into action

Have you ever wanted to be a little kinder, a little more thoughtful or feel like you were a little more useful? You’ve probably had times when you’ve wished people had been more like that towards you! We often have good intentions but it’s not always easy to follow through and make these a reality.Continue reading “Changing good intentions into action”

Personal Strengths

We all have strengths. These impact on our behaviour, thoughts, feelings and actions. Recognising our strengths and finding ways to use these in our personal and professional lives provides us with opportunities to actively improve our well-being. Not only do we become more aware of what we enjoy and what we’re good at, studies suggestContinue reading “Personal Strengths”


Savouring involves focusing your attention on a desirable experience. It helps us enjoy and prolong its pleasurable effects. The practice of savouring shares similar core aspects with mindfulness which encourage us to be aware of what is happening in the moment rather than dwelling on what has already happened or what may happen in theContinue reading “Savouring”


What is it? In comparison to other areas within positive psychology, elevation is a less researched concept. However, a review of the empirical literature suggests interest in it is quickly growing. Elevation is classified it as a moral emotion characterised by two features. The first is disinterested elicitors, meaning the emotion is a response toContinue reading “Elevation”