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Readings and Videos on Positive Psychology

Selected Press Coverage


May 16, 2011, New York Times, A New Gauge to See What’s Beyond Happiness

September 14, 2011 New York Times Magazine, What if the Secret to Success is Failure?

December 28, 2011, CNN, Making Soldiers Fit in Body and Mind

December 14, 2011, PBS NewsHour, Army Program Aims to Build Troops' Mental Resilience to Stress

July 4, 2011, Washington Post, Army Program Works to Make Soldiers Fit in Body and Mind

August 17, 2009, New York Times, Army will train soldiers to cope with emotions

June 24, 2009, U.S. News & World Report, Positive Psychology: Power of positive thinking is psychology’s latest focus

June 24, 2009, U.S. News & World Report, Positive Psychology for Kids: Teaching resilience with positive education

January 7, 2007, New York Times Magazine, Happiness 101

December 17, 2006, U.S. News & World Report, Get Happy, and You'll Live Longer

November 19, 2006, CNN, Special on Happiness

January 17, 2005, Time Magazine, The Science of Happiness (Cover Story & Special Issue)

April 30, 2006, BBC, The Science of Happiness (Six-Part TV Series on Happiness)

October 2, 2005, The Sunday Times Magazine, So what do you have to do to find happiness? 

December 24, 2002, The Washington Post, The Happy Heretic 

September 3, 2001, U.S. News & World Report, Happiness Explained: How to Make Yourself Happy (Cover Story)


Some Positive Psychology Scholarly Articles

Positive Psychology: An Introduction, Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000

Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of Interventions, Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005

What (and Why) Is Positive Psychology?, Gable and Haidt, 2005

A Balanced Psychology and a Full Life, Seligman, Parks, & Steen, 2004

Positive Psychology in Clinical Practice, Duckworth, Steen, & Seligman, 2005

Positive Psychotherapy, Seligman, Rashid, & Parks, 2006

Positive Health, Seligman, 2008

Positive Education: Positive Psychology and Classroom Interventions, Seligman, Ernst, Gillham, Reivich, & Linkins, 2009

Navigating into the Future or Driven by the Past, Seligman, Railton, Baumeister, & Sripada, 2013

Positive Health and Health Assets: Re-analysis of Longitudinal Datasets, Seligman et al., 2013

Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media: The Open-Vocabulary Approach, H. Andrew Schwartz, et al., 2013


Videos on Positive Psychology

Chris Peterson:

What makes life worth living (Part 1), 2011

What makes life worth living (Part 2), 2011

Martin Seligman:

TED talk: The new era of Positive Psychology, 2004

You can make yourself happy, 2003

Interview on Positive Psychology, 2009

Google talk: Positive Psychology, well being, and interventions, 2010

Aspen Ideas Festival: Flourishing and Public Policy, 2011

On BBC: Positive Psychology and PERMA, 2011

Flourishing: a new understanding of well being, 2012

Flourish, 2011

Science of well being conference, 2012

On ABC (Australia): Toward a science of human flourishing, with Dalai Lama, 2012

On well being and happiness, 2013

Angela Duckworth:

TED talk: The key to success? Grit, 2013

TED talk: True grit: Can perseverance be taught? 2009

Grit, self-control, and achievement, 2012

Karen Reivich:

On Positive education and well being, 2012

Tal Ben-Shahar:

Happiness 101, 2012

On Positive Psychology, 2012

The power of positivity, 2012

Barry Schwartz:

TED talk: Our loss of wisdom, 2009

TED talk: Using our practical wisdom, 2010

TED talk: The paradox of choice, 2005

TED talk: Why justice isn’t enough, 2012

Google talk: Practical wisdom, 2011

Google talk: Why more is less, 2012

Wharton talk: Practical wisdom, 2012

Ed Diener:

On happiness and character strengths, 2011

What you need to be happy, 2010

Happiest place on earth, 2010

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:

TED talk: Flow, the secret of happiness, 2004

Flow, creativity, and the evolving self, 2010

Flow, 2010

Jonathan Haidt:

TED talk: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives, 2008

TED talk: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence, 2012

Barbara Fredrickson:

Love: a new lens on the science of thriving, 2012

The science of compassion, 2012

The positivity ratio, 2011

Be positive, not productive, 2011

Positive emotions open our mind, 2011

Positive emotions transform us, 2011

A blueprint for character development, 2010

Using positivity to bounce back from inevitable setbacks, 2010

Sonja Lyubomirsky:

The myths of happiness (Part 1), 2013

The myths of happiness (Part 2), 2013

The how of happiness on Good Morning America, 2008

How to be happy, 2013

Google talk: The how of happiness, 2008

Other Speakers:

Examplars and paragons of positive psychology leaders, 2011

PPC Speaker Series: Karen Armstrong, Joshua Greene and Julia Annas

Applying the Science of Positive Psychology, Claremont Graduate Univ., January 24, 2009

PBS DVD: : Introducing Positive Psychology: Signature Strengths, Flow, and Aging Well; Personal Well-Being, Social Support, Health, and Aging Well. Contact:jackie_harrison@montanapbs.org or chris_seifert@montanapbs.org

Gallup DVD: How to be Happy, with Ed Diener. Contact Sheila Kearney at sheila_kearney@gallup.com

Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy with Martin Seligman Ph.D. and Randall C Wyatt Ph.D.

Some Positive Psychology Handbooks and Textbooks

Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, by Christopher Peterson & Martin E.P. Seligman

Handbook of Positive Psychology, by C. R. Snyder and Shane J. Lopez

A Primer in Positive Psychology, by Christopher Peterson (Textbook)

Some Positive Psychology Books

Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development, by George E. Vaillant

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

Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life by Todd Kashdan

Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward by Kennon Sheldon, Todd Kashdan, & Michael Steger (Editors)

The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies, James O. Pawelski and D.J. Moores (Editors)

Feeling Good: The Science of Well Being, by C. Robert Cloninger

Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived, Edited by Corey L.M. Keyes and Jonathan Haidt

Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning,by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Handbook of Multimethod Measurement in Psychology, Editors: Ed Diener and Michael Eid

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth, by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener

Happiness: A History, by Darrin M. McMahon

Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, by Richard Layard

The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt

Happiness: What Studies on Twins Show Us about Nature, Nurture, and the Happiness Set Point, by David T. Lykken

Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950,by Charles Murray

Introduction to Positive Psychology, William Compton

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, by Martin E.P. Seligman

Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others, by Shane Lopez

Optimal Human Being: An Integrated Multi-Level Perspective, by Kennon M. Sheldon

The Optimistic Child, by Martin E. P. Seligman, Karen Reivich, Lisa Jaycox, & Jane Gillham

Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology (Series in Positive Psychology), by Anthony Ong & Manfred Van Dulmen

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less,by Barry Schwartz

Positive Psychology in Practice, Edited by P. Alex Linley and Stephen Joseph

Positive Therapy, by Stephen Joseph and P. Alex Linley

Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths, by C.R. Snyder and Shane J. Lopez

Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive, by Barbara Fredrickson

The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, by Gregg Easterbrook

The Psychology of Happiness, by Michael Argyle

A Psychology of Human Strengths, Edited by Lisa G. Aspinwall and Ursula M. Staudinger

Pursuing Human Strengths: A Positive Psychology Guide, by Martin Bolt

Pursuit of Happiness, by David G. Myers

Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being, by Daniel Haybron

Quality of Life Therapy: Applying a Life Satisfaction Approach to Positive Psychology and Cognitive Therapy, by Michael B. Frisch

The Resilience Factor: 7 Essential..., by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté

Savoring: A New Model of Positive Experience, by Fred B. Bryant and Joseph Veroff

The Science of Well-Being, by Felicia Huppert, Nick Baylis, and Barry Keverne

Stumbling on Happiness, by Dan Gilbert



Journal of Positive Psychology

Journal of Happiness Studies


Articles, Columns and Book Chapters by Martin Seligman

Links to APA Monitor Presidential Columns by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman:

Building Human Strength: Psychology’s Forgotten Mission (1/98)

A Big Step Backward (2/98)

Ethnopolitical Warfare (3/98)

Positive Social Science (4/98)

The Effectiveness of Therapy (5/98)

Striking a Healthy Balance in Ethics (6/98)

The American Way of Blame (7/98)

Work, Love and Play (8/98)

Is Depression Biochemical? (9/98)

What is the Good Life? (10/98)

The Gifted and the Extraordinary (11/98)

Why Therapy Works (12/98)

The President's Address (8/99), in the APA 1998 Annual Report


Other Readings in Positive Psychology

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Special Issue on Positive Psychology (Winter, 2001) Table of Contents

Positive Psychology, Positive Prevention, and Positive Therapy, Book Chapter by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman

Positive Clinical Psychology, Book Chapter by Martin E.P. Seligman and Christopher Peterson

Video: Martin E.P. Seligman Lecture on Positive Psychology (after 5 minute intro), September 5, 2001, University of Pennsylvania
NOTE: This video can only be seen by those at the University of Pennsylvania

Positive Psychology Network Concept Paper, Appendix, Bibliography

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