Whether you’re new to the field of positive psychology or you’re a positive psychology practitioner, you can always use more resources on positive psychology topics.
Created by some of the top researchers in the field, these PDFs are a valuable collection to print and hand out to your clients, students, colleagues, and friends.
“Everywhere in the world, people want to be happy, to get along with other people, to have their needs met, to develop and grow, and to have respect. People want to love and to be loved. It is these universals that we want to study as positive psychologists.”
– Ed Diener
1. Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology
In this PDF, you’ll find a collection of interviews with some of positive psychology’s most prominent researchers and contributors, including Ed Diener, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Barbara Fredrickson. Aaron Jarden–a senior lecturer at Auckland University, a well-being consultant, and a co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing–conducted the interviews
2. Positive Psychology in Clinical Practice
Angela Duckworth, Martin Seligman, and Tracy Steen offer in this PDF an introduction to positive psychology by defining it and including a brief history of psychology since World War II. They also make a case for the complementary use of positive psychology in clinical practice.
3. Flourish: Positive Psychology and Positive Interventions
Martin Seligman is one the founders of positive psychology and is an expert in the subjects of resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism, and pessimism. He has written more than 250 scholarly publications and 20 books.
In this PDF, you’ll find his vision of a positive human future and his explanations of positive psychology, well-being, and positive interventions.
4. Some Key Differences Between a Happy Life and a Meaningful Life
In this PDF, Roy Baumeister, Kathleen Vohs, Jennifer Aaker, and Emily Garbinsky explain how a large survey revealed multiple predictors of happiness and meaningfulness. The authors argue that meeting one’s needs and desires impacts happiness but is largely irrelevant when it comes to meaningfulness. Why? Because happiness is oriented toward the present, while meaningfulness involves integrating one’s past, present, and future.
5. Signature Strengths
Created by the SUNY Fredonia Counseling Center, this PDF can help us examine our signature strengths. Research on this topic has shown that individuals function optimally when consistently living their values and virtues, and when using their strengths to successfully craft their lives.
You’ll find a description of character strengths and a brainstorming section for how to practice resilience and reenergize your life.
“Knowledge is a treasure.
But practice is the key to it.”
– Lao Tzu
We hope this helps. What other positive psychology resources do you think would be valuable? Leave a comment below.