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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom – author Jonathan Haidt examines Eastern and Western wisdom and perspective pertaining to happiness. He also covers the search for meaning and explores how it measures up to modern day science research. Lots more…..
Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being – Author : Martin Seligman. Founder of the positive psychology movement. He identifies factors that help people achieve greater well-being. He also provides techniques for improving your own life, relationships, happiness levels and positive approach to work and life.
Stumbling on Happiness By Daniel Gilbert This entertaining and insightful book describes how the human imagination throws us off course in our search for happiness. Gilbert’s explanation draws upon research in psychology, behavioral economics, philosophy and cognitive neuroscience.
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 Gretchen Rubin spent an entire year trying to increase her happiness level. She shares her findings in this funny, informative account, which also contains tips, advice and research.
Happiness for Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy TogetherBy Alexandra Stoddard This volume contains 75 wise, practical and humorous short essays about finding happiness in a relationship. Stoddard demonstrates that couples can be happy together, not at each other’s expense.
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work By Shawn Achor Human potential expert Shawn Achor draws on his academic research and experience with Fortune 500 executives to explain how to become more positive at work and what benefits will result.
The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-BeingBy Derek Bok The former president of Harvard University delves into happiness research and describes how indicators of societal well-being can and should shape social and political policy in the United States.
Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires By Carol Graham Graham presents a fascinating overview of happiness levels around the world and how they are affected by factors like income, health, democracy and equality.
|MAGAZINE ARTICLESThe Atlantic,June, 2009 “What Makes us Happy?” By Joshua Wolf Shenk An overview of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which has been following the well-being of its subjects since 1937. The online version includes a video of lead investigator George Valliant. Psychology Today,Jan. 1, 2009 “The Pursuit of Happiness” By Carlin Flora Description of the major findings in happiness research, and a discussion of the fact that Americans as a whole have grown more anxious and depressed since this research began.Time Magazine,Jan. 9, 2005 “The New Science of Happiness” By Claudia Wallis Outlines the genesis of the positive psychology movement, what it has taught us and the researchers who started it all: Martin Seligman, Ray Fowler and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
New York Times, Jan. 7, 2007 “Happiness 101″ By D.T. Max Commentary on college classes in positive psychology and the effects they have on students. More than 200 colleges and graduate schools in the United States offer such classes.
. Fast Company,March 2011 “The Corporate Pursuit of Happiness” By Nancy Cook Describes how Stanford marketing professor Jennifer Aaker is teaching her students and corporate clients how to find and create happiness to improve employee productivity and attract customers.
The Economist,Dec. 16, 2010 “Age and happiness: The U-bend of life” Reports on a surprising study that shows people’s enjoyment and happiness dip through early adulthood and then rise again after middle age, and offers some explanations of why this is so.
|MAGAZINE ARTICLESScientific American,Aug. 10, 2010 “Can Money Buy Happiness?” By Sonja Lyubomirsky Describes an international study showing that while money allows people to buy many things, it also interferes with their ability to enjoy their purchases.9. The Chief Happiness Officer: positivesharing.com This blog by Alexander Kjerulf, one of the world’s leading experts on happiness at work, offers advice for making work energizing, inspiring and meaningful so we enjoy it more while accomplishing more.
10. Raising Happiness: psychologytoday.com/blog/raising-happiness Christine L. Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist and happiness expert who teaches parenting and happiness classes online blogs about how to raise joyful, emotionally healthy kids and increase your own happiness at the same time.
11. Dan Gilbert asks, “Why are we happy?” ted.com/talks/lang/eng/dan_gilbert_ asks_why_are_we_happy.html In this 21-minute TED talk, Gilbert describes how little we understand what makes us happy and why our ultimate happiness has nothing to do with whether we get what we thought we wanted.
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ONLINE RESOURCES 8. Authentic Happiness: authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu A website created by positive psychology pioneer Martin Seligman, with information and resources on well-being and a wide variety of happiness-related questionnaires, surveys and scales.
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