Our bookshop


Welcome to our bookshop. On this page you will find some of our featured positive psychology books.

Please use the menu bar above to explore the specific areas of positive psychology that may interest you. We have listed some of the classic positive psychology books that we believe have shaped the field of positive psychology and ones that further define this exciting branch of psychology. We have included books that describe and explain what positive psychology is and how it can be applied to increase health and wellbeing as well as specific topics listed as individual subjects, character strengths and business. For those with a more academic interest we have included some of the text books and references books that are used on the MSc of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) course.


Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life (Positive Psychology News)

Shannon Polly and Kathryn H. Britton

What are the elements of good character? The Values in Action (VIA) project identified 24 qualities such as creative, authentic, loving, forgiving, kind, persistent, prudent, and brave, calling them character strengths. Character strengths are elements of good character valued across time and around the world. If you are curious about your own strengths, join the 3 million people that have taken the free online survey at www.viacharacter.org. Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life brings the 24 character strengths to life with stories involving children, teenagers, adults, and elders and occurring in family life and business settings, in the present and in the distant past, in locations from China to the United States to the Middle East.

Habits and Happiness: How to Become Happier and Improve Your Wellbeing by Changing Your Habits

Braco Pobric

Everything you want to achieve in life–from a successful career, thriving relationships, improved health, or simply to increase your happiness and wellbeing–everything starts with habits. Everything! Habits and Happiness combines years of research by experts in the field of habits, neuroscience, traditional and positive psychology, and teaches you how to apply this new information in a very simple and practical way. This book will help you understand your habits: why you have them, why you can or cannot change them, and how they can work to help you live a great life.

Laugh Your Way To Happiness: Use the Science of Laughter for Total Well-being

Lesley Lyle

In this book, Lesley Lyle helps people connect with the powerfully healing gift of laughter. Lesley presents the scientific evidence that reveals the importance of laughter for our mental and physical health, our prosperity, our relationships, our careers – in fact, every aspect of our lives. Laugh your Way to Happiness outlines the inspiration provided by Laughter Yoga, a movement founded in India by Dr Madan Kataria that uses laughter and breathing exercises to bring about amazing changes in the health and well-being of thousands of individuals.

Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life

Itai Ivtzan, Tim lomas, Kate Hefferon and Piers Worth

Positive psychology is currently equated with theory and research on the positive aspects of life. The reality could not be further from the truth. Positive psychology investigates and researches some of the most difficult and painful experiences. Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life is an innovative and groundbreaking  textbook that explores a variety of topics we consider to be part of the ‘dark’ side of life while emphasising their role in our positive functioning and transformation as human beings. This more nuanced approach to the notions of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ can be described as the ‘second wave’ of Positive Psychology.

Creating Your Best Life

Caroline Adams Miller and Dr. Michael B. Frisch

Creating Your Best Life is the only research-based book on the topic of goals and happiness and it has found receptive audiences worldwide. Filled with interactive exercises and quizzes, it helps readers set and accomplish life list goals and understand the link between goal accomplishment and happiness, also known as Positive Psychology. In a step-by-step fashion, the book teaches readers how to coach themselves on how to set goals in 16 life domains, as well as take control of their environment to maximise their chances of success.

Positively Caroline

Caroline Adams Miller 

Positively Caroline: How I Beat Bulimia for Good and Found Real Happiness, is one of the first books of its kind to tackle the subject of how eating disorder survivors can and do create lives of joy and health that persist past the early years of recovery. Some media reports have led people to believe that there is an “addictive personality” that careens from addiction to addiction without ever experiencing lasting wellness, but Caroline’s story is a demonstration that many people can, and do, put food into its proper perspective and then go on to handle other life challenges without sliding backwards into food abuse or turning to other addictive substances or behaviors.