We are lifelong learners at Proof Positive, and this summer, we invite you to #LeanIntoLearning with us. We love the happy vibes these books give! Plus, they are a fun introduction to Positive Psychology concepts and ideas. 

So sit back, relax, and boost your wellbeing with one of these reads.

Book Recommendation #1:

Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert Emmons is a book that delves into the transformative power of gratitude, exploring its impact on our wellbeing, relationships, and overall happiness while providing practical strategies for cultivating a grateful mindset.

According to Goodreads, “Emmons also bolsters the case for gratitude by weaving in writings of philosophers, novelists, and theologians that illustrate all the benefits grateful living brings.” Our Chief Wellbeing Officer says you should read this book because gratitude is immensely important to your physical and mental wellbeing. A simple, consistent practice can boost your mood and relationships and help you sleep better!

Interested in nonfiction – this one is for you. Maybe you have a passion for psychology, this is focused on psychological principles that make you happier. Or, if you are a scientist (at heart or in real life), be sure to put this on your summer reading list.

Learn more about gratitude and how to practice the skill What Went Well.

Book Recommendation #2:

Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive by Barbara Fredrickson presents a scientific approach to understanding the power of positive emotions and offers practical techniques to cultivate positivity, leading to improved wellbeing, resilience, and flourishing in life.

According to Goodreads, “With Positivity, you’ll learn to see new possibilities, bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and become the best version of yourself.” Our Chief Wellbeing Officer says you should read this book because the Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions is nothing short of the most profound emotion science breakthrough of our time!

Working on some personal development? This is a good book to get you on your way. If you are primarily a nonfiction reader or have an appreciation for learning about psychology, this would be a good one to add to your bookshelf.

Learn more about positive emotions.

Book Recommendation #3:

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin Seligman presents a comprehensive framework for wellbeing called PERMA, exploring the key elements of positive psychology and offering practical strategies to foster personal growth, happiness, and a meaningful life.

According to Goodreads, “Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations.”  Our Chief Wellbeing Officer says you should read this book because understanding the key elements of wellbeing will give you greater control over your own wellbeing and life satisfaction.  Begin the journey towards flourishing by learning the PERMA+ Theory of Wellbeing and taking action to boost each element daily.

Summer is a time when many of us focus on our health, this book provides some great tools and resources. If nonfiction is your preferred genre, write this one on your list of must-reads. If your reading list always includes something in psychology this is one more to add to your must-reads.

Learn more about Dr. Seligman’s PERMA+ Theory.

Book Recommendation #4:

The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality by Ryan M. Niemiec and Robert McGrath explores the concept of character strengths, offering insights, exercises, and practical guidance to help readers understand, appreciate, and leverage their unique positive qualities for personal growth and wellbeing.

According to Goodreads, “You’ll soon see all the ways these strengths are your best-kept secret for boosting your well-being. Discover how to appreciate what’s best in you and champion strengths in the people you care about most.” Our Positive Psychology expert says you should read this book because it is a wonderful way to shine the light on what is right with you and those around you. Capitalizing on your unique character strengths profile begins with understanding the science of character.

Another great read if you are interested in psychology and prefer nonfiction 

Learn more about Character Strengths.

Book Recommendation #5:

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner explores the author’s journey to various countries around the world in search of the key factors that contribute to happiness and uncovering cultural insights on what makes people truly content.

According to Goodreads, it’s “equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and philosophical, a journey into both the definition of and the destination for true contentment.” Our Positive Psychology expert says you should read this book because this book is a heartfelt yet humorous tour of happiness around the globe, and the author stays true to the science of wellbeing along his journey.

If you appreciate a bit of humor while you learn, this one is for you. If your summer plans include travel, travel along with Eric on his journeys.

Learn more about Wellbeing and the PERMA+ Theory.

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