Tim’s Top Books on Happiness & Positive Psychology

Tim’s Top Books on Happiness & Positive Psychology

I’m often asked to recommend books on happiness and positive psychology so here we go…but before I make my list, I thought I’d divide my recommendations up into a few categories:

First, for general readers wanting accessible self-help type books

  • Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman

  • The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

  • Fish for life by Stephen Lundin et al

  • The Present by Spencer Johnson

  • Happy for no reason by Marci Schimoff

Plus, in the name of shameless self-promotion…

  • The Happiness Handbook

  • 100 Ways to Happiness: a guide for busy people

  • 100 Ways to Happy Children: a guide for busy parents

All of these are by me (Dr. Timothy Sharp) and are available HERE

Second, for those of you who’re coaches or practitioners of some sort and are wanting more academic and/or research focused texts

  • Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson

  • The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

  • Happiness by Diener and Biswas-Diener

  • A Primer in Positive Psychology Coaching by Chris Peterson

  • Why Good Things Happen to Good People by Post and Neimark

I know there are many, many more GREAT books so my apologies to those of you who I’ve left off this list but please feel free to email me if you have any good suggestions…either those that you’ve actually written or those you’ve read and enjoyed.