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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

Positive Psychology, Positive Prevention, and Positive Therapy, Book Chapter by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, 2005

Positive Clinical Psychology, Book Chapter by Martin E.P. Seligman and Christopher Peterson, 2003

Positive Psychology Network Concept Paper, Appendix, Bibliography, 2000


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

Profile of Angela Duckworth, 2013 MacArthur Fellow

AP Annual Conference: True grit, 2013

The psychology of achievement, 2014

Interview: Grit and perserverance in development psychology, 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

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

Doing the right thing for the right reason: Why incentives are no substitute for character, 2012

Love, empathy, wisdom, and justice, 2014

Ed Diener

A recipe for happiness (short version), 2014

A recipe for happiness (long version), 2014

The new science of happiness, 2013

On being an effective teacher, 2012

On happiness and character strengths, 2011

What you need to be happy, 2010

Happiest place on earth, 2010

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Living in flow, the secret of happiness, 2014

TED talk: What makes a good life, 2011

TED talk: Flow, the secret of happiness, 2004

Flow, creativity, and the evolving self, 2010

Flow, 2010

Jonathan Haidt

The righteous mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion, 2013

Three stories about capitalism, 2014

Compassion and altruism, 2014

TED talk: How common threats can make common political ground, 2013

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

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

Barbara Fredrickson

TED Talk: Remaking love, 2014

Positivity resonates, 2013

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

Positive emotions, 2009

Roy Baumeister

Self-control as the greatest human strength, 2014

The science of willpower, 2012

Willpower and self-control in everyday life, 2012

How rejection affects people, 2012

Understanding self-control and the limits of willpower, 2012

Shane Lopez

Hope is a strategy, 2013

Making hope happen, 2013

Making hope happen: Create the future you want for yourself and others, 2013

Robert Emmons

How gratitude heals, energizes, and changes lives, 2014

The science of gratitude, 2013

Graced gratitude and disgraced ingratitude, 2014

Gratitude as the lynchpin between adversity and delight, 2013

Sonja Lyubomirsky

The science of happiness, 2014

The science and practice of happiness across the lifespan, 2014

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

Happiness for a lifetime, 2010

Google talk: The how of happiness, 2008

Carol Dweck

The power of believing that you can improve, 2014

Dacher Keltner

TED talk: Compassion, 2010

What indicates a moral decline in the U.S., 2012

Touch and the spread of goodness, 2010

The evolutionary roots of compassion, 2012

Survival of the kindest, 2013

Laura King

Your life is probably pretty meaningful, 2014

Laurence Steinberg

Adolescence as an age of opportunity, 2014

Lessons from the new science of adolecence, 2014

Are millenials lazy, self-absorbed and needy?, 2014

The new science of adolescence: Understanding risky behavior, 2013

What is bad parenting?, 2012

George Vaillant

TED talk: From emotionally crippled to loving personality, 2014

The importance of relationships to health. resilience, and aging, 2014

Amy Wrzesniewski

Job crafting to create meaning, 2014

Prospective Psychology

Peter Railton on desire, 2014

Chandra Sriipada on the future brain, 2014

Roy Baumeister on free will and the future, 2014

Martin Seligman on creativity and aging, 2014

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

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

The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, Editor: Shane Lopez

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Editors: Shane Lopez and Rick Snyder

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

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

Some Positive Psychology Books


Argyle, Michael

The Psychology of Happiness

Aspinwall, Lisa

A Psychology of Human Strengths

Baumeister, Roy

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Ben-Shahar, Tal

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness

Biswas-Diener, Robert

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

The Upside of your Dark Side

Bolt, Martin

Pursuing Human Strengths: A Positive Psychology Guide

Bryant, Fred

Savoring: A New Model of Positive Experience

Buckingham, Marcus

Go Put Your Strengths to Work

Cameron, Kim

Positive Organizational Scholarship

Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance

Carr, Alan

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths

Cloninger, C. Robert

Feeling Good: The Science of Well Being

Compton, William

Introduction to Positive Psychology

Cooperrider, David

Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly

Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience

Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning

Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life

Diener, Ed

The Science of Well-Being: The Collected Works of Ed Diener (Social Indicators Research Series)

Well-Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology

Culture and Subjective Well-Being

Well-being for Public Policy

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

Handbook of Multimethod Measurement in Psychology

Dutton, Jane

Energize Your Workplace: How to Create and Sustain High-Quality Connections at Work

How to Be a Positive Leader

Dweck, Carol

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Emmons, Robert

Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier

Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

Easterbrook, Gregg

The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

Fredrickson, Barbara

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

Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection

Frisch, Michael

Quality of Life Therapy: Applying a Life Satisfaction Approach to Positive Psychology and Cognitive Therapy

Gilbert, Daniel

Stumbling on Happiness

Gillham, Jane

The Optimistic Child

The Science of Optimism and Hope

Haidt, Jonathan

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived

Haybron, Daniel

Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being

Huppert, Felicia

The Science of Well-Being

Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing

Joseph, Stephen

Positive Psychology in Practice

Positive Therapy

Kahneman, Daniel

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kashdan, Todd

Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life

Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Keltner, Dacher

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Understanding Emotions

Keyes, Corey L.M.

Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived

King, Laura

Experience Psychology

Layard, Richard

Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

Linley, P. Alex

Positive Psychology in Practice

Positive Therapy

Loehr, Jim

The Power of Full Engagement

Lomas, Tim

Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated Positive Practice

Lopez, Shane

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology

The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue

Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures

The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others

Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People

Lykken, David

Happiness: What Studies on Twins Show Us about Nature, Nurture, and the Happiness Set Point

Lyubomirsky, Sonja

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want

The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, but Does

Positively Happy: Routes to Sustainable Happiness

McCullough, Michael

Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

To Forgive is Human: How to Put Your Past in the Past

McMahon, Darrin

Happiness: A History

Murray, Charles

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

Myers, David

Pursuit of Happiness

Ong, Anthony

Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology

Pawelski, James

The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies

Peterson, Christopher

A Primer in Positive Psychology

Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification

Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology

Railton, Peter

Facts, Values, and Norms: Essays toward a Morality of Consequence

Rath, Tom

Strengths Based Leadership

Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life

Reivich, Karen

The Resilience Factor: Seven Essential Skills for Overcoming Life's Inevitable Obstacles

The Optimistic Child

Schwartz, Barry

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing

The Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality, and Modern Life

Seligman, Martin E.P.

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

The Optimistic Child

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification

Shatté, Andrew

The Resilience Factor: Seven Essential Skills for Overcoming Life's Inevitable Obstacles

Sheldon, Kennon

Optimal Human Being: An Integrated Multi-Level Perspective

Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Snyder, C.R.

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

Steinberg, Laurence

The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting

Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

Lifespan Development: Infancy Through Adulthood

Vaillant, George

Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development

Adaptation to Life



Journal of Positive Psychology

Journal of Happiness Studies


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