The Journal of Positive Psychology And Where To Find It

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The Journal of Positive Psychology is the first-ever journal entirely dedicated to positive psychology.

It publishes six issues a year and presents the latest scientific findings related to happiness, fulfillment, and flourishing. The Journal of Positive Psychology pools information from a multitude of disciplines that range from psychology to economics.

>To give you a better idea of the breadth of topics that the Journal of Positive Psychology covers, here are some of the titles featured in the latest issue:

As you can see, the Journal of Positive Psychology features a variety of the latest findings in the field. If you are interested in taking a closer look, you can explore The Journal of Positive Psychology’s entire publication history.

The Journal of Positive Psychology is a valuable resource for anyone involved in positive psychology, particularly students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners. Due to the monopolistic nature of the publishing industry, reading the Journal of Positive Psychology is currently the only method of receiving direct and immediate access to the most groundbreaking and current research in the field.

Even if you’re not directly involved in positive psychology, the Journal of Positive Psychology has a great deal of practical value for anyone looking to apply the latest insights on flourishing and happiness to their own lives.


How to Access the Journal of Positive Psychology Online

Unfortunately, the Journal of Positive Psychology is only available for those willing to pay a pretty lofty price. High subscription prices are the norm for scientific journals, and a personal subscription to the print journal costs nearly $200 USD a year, while institutional access to the journal will cost you more than $1,000 USD a year. (See here for exact pricing details.)

If the Journal of Positive Psychology is out of your price range (and understandably so), there are some other options available to you.

  1. If you are a student, professor, or researcher in some way affiliated with a university, you should check with your administration to see if they have already paid for a subscription that would grant you online access.<

  2. Check out the public libraries in your area. A local university library might have a subscription.

  3. If you are willing to search, you may be able to find individual articles online. Researchers often provide free access to their work on their own websites or on sites like PubMed, ResearchGate, or Academia.

  4. If all else fails, researchers are often more than happy to provide free copies of their articles if you email them politely and give them ample time to respond. However, to be respectful of their time, you should only contact them after searching for the article in the databases listed in option 3.

Whether you opt for an annual subscription or decide to browse the abstracts and hunt for the articles individually, the Journal of Positive Psychology is one of the best resources for the latest in positive psychology research.


An Excellent Resource

What is your experience with the Journal of Positive Psychology? Do you have any advice for those wishing to access the latest research in the field?

Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Carlquist, E., Nafstad, H. E., Blakar, R. M., Ulleberg, P., Fave, A. D., & Phelps, J. M. (2016). Well-being vocabulary in media language: An analysis of changing word usage in Norwegian newspapers. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 99-109.
  • Krabbenborg, M. A., Boersma, S. N., Veld, W. M., Vollebergh, W. A., & Wolf, J. R. (2016). Self- determination in relation to quality of life in homeless young adults: Direct and indirect effects through psychological distress and social support. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 130-140.
  • Luhmann, M., & Kalitzki, A. (2018). How animals contribute to subjective well-being: A comprehensive model of protective and risk factors. The Journal of Positive Psychology13(2), 200-214.
  • Martínez-Martí, M. L., & Ruch, W. (2016). Character strengths predict resilience over and above positive affect, self-efficacy, optimism, social support, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 110-119.
  • Peterson, S. J., Van Tongeren, D. R., Womack, S. D., Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., & Griffin, B. J. (2017). The benefits of self-forgiveness on mental health: Evidence from correlational and experimental research. The Journal of Positive Psychology12(2), 159-168.
  • Smallenbroek, O., Zelenski, J. M., & Whelan, D. C. (2016). Authenticity as a eudaimonic construct: The relationships among authenticity, values, and valence. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 197-209.

About the Author

Seph Fontane Pennock is a seasoned entrepreneur and the business mind behind With his background in online marketing and a passion for helping therapists and coaches, he co-founded the new mental health application Quenza that helps practitioners better help their clients with digital support.


  1. Wendy


    Is there a web address to where I can read the guidelines and criteria as to what papers are accepted to publish in the Journal of Positive Psychology?

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Wendy,

      You’ll find the submission guidelines for this journal here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  2. رابض عبدالعزيظ

    اريد نسخة من مجلة علم النفس الايجابى ولكن لا املكقمنها

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi رابض عبدالعزيظ,

      You’ll find the latest issue of the Journal here. I think rather than purchasing a subscription, it may be cheaper to just search for the individual articles you are interested and purchase those (although, as mentioned, you can often find them for free online).

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  3. lorie fagin

    Hi,I would like to get the Journal of Positive Psychology as a gift for my daughter ,what is the cost and how many issues per year?? Thanks very much,Lorie

  4. Leyla M usa Khanbutayeva

    Good day! I want to get in touch with the editorial assistant Milla Titova, University of Missouri, USA.

  5. Lise Hill

    I would like to purchase an article can someone contact me in order to receive it thank you
    A meta-analysis on the effects of coaching on individual level outcomes in an organizational context by Tim Theeboom, Bianca Beersma, and Annelies E.M. van Vianen; The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2014, Vol 9 Issue 1.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Lise,
      How about I get you in touch with Tim Theeboom?
      He’s a friend of a dear friend of mine 🙂
      Let’s set this forth via email.

  6. Penny Richens

    This is a great first glance at the Journal of Positive Psychology: Volume 9′s Academic Articles. The study on Relationship quality, divorce, and well-being sparked my interest the most. Thanks for giving this overview.


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