These books offer practical resources and are listed in alphabetical order by author.

  • Ben-Shahar, T. D. (2010). Being Happy: You Don’t Have to be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • Clifton, D. O., Anderson, E. C., & Schreiner, L. A. (2006). Strengths Quest: Discover and develop your strengths in academics, career, and beyond (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Gallup.
  • Cooperrider, D. L., & Whitney, D. (1999). Appreciative inquiry. San Francisco: Berret-Koehler.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. New York: Harper Collins.
  • Fredrickson, B. (2009)  Positivity: Discover the ratio that tips your life toward flourishing. Crown
  • Froh, J. & Parks, A. (2012).  Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology: A Guide for Instructors. Washington: American Psychological Association.
  • Gilbert, D. (2007). Stumbling on Happiness: Vintage
  • Haidt, J.  (2006).  The Happiness Hypothesis: Basic Books.
  • Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J. H., & Whitt, E. J. (2005). Student success in college: Creating conditions that matter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The how of happiness: A scientific approach to getting the life you want. New York: Penguin Press
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). The myths of happiness: What should make you happy, but doesn’t, what shouldn’t make you happy, but does. New York: Penguin Press
  • Niemiec, R., & Wedding, D. (2013). Positive psychology at the movies: Using films to build virtues and character strengths: Hogrefe & Huber.
  • Peterson, C. (2013). Pursuing the good life: 100 reflections on positive psychology. New York: Oxford
  • Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press and Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Reivich, K., & Shatte, A. (2002). The resilience factor: Seven keys to finding your inner strength and overcoming life’s hurdles. New York: Broadway.
  • Schreiner, L., Hulme, E., Hetzel, R., & Lopez, S. (2012).  Positive Psychology on Campus:
  • Oxford Silberman, M. (1996). Active learning: 101 strategies to teach any subject. New York: Pearson.
  • Seligman, M. E. P. (2002). Authentic happiness: Using the new Positive Psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. New York: Free Press.
  • Seligman, M. E. P. (2011). Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Books Critical of Positive Psychology

  • Ehrenreich, B. (2009). Bright-sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America. New York: Metropolitan Books.
  • Wilson, E.  (2008). Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy: Sarah Crichton Books

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Schreiner, L., Hulme, E., Hetzel, R., & Lopez, S. (2012-09-18). Positive Psychology on Campus. Oxford Handbooks Online. Retrieved 21 Feb. 2014, from 

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