Happiness, Well-Being, and Positive Psychology Resources

Self Help Resources >>Happiness & Well Being

  • Prezi on "Happiness and Well-Being"
    • Once in the presentation, click on the "more" button and expand to "full screen." The presentation is self-paced; just click on the play button to move forward each time you are ready for a new section. Make sure to watch all the youtube clips-- they are great and inspirational!


  • Biology of Joy

    Article based on the brain science work of Richardson and others
  • Brain Rules

    What we know about the brain in relation to well-being
  • Brene Brown's Blog

    A website addressing happiness, authenticity, shame resilience, and self-compassion (among other things)
  • Gratitude Website

    A link to a a neat website explaining how gratitude can help make you happy.
  • Greater Good Science Center

    This center is run out of UCB. The center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills of compassion
  • Happiness

    A YouTube Clip from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown?”
  • Happy At Work

    Found at Positivesharing.com, a group called Improv Everywhere set up a podium and a megaphone on a New York street corner on 8/24/11 at 2:13 p.m. with a plaque that said simply “Say something nice.” And people do:  Say something nice… and say it loud
  • Relaxation

    Webpage at the Counseling Center of Loyola University Maryland which has a lot of good resources and links for various relaxation and meditation techniques
  • Road to Well Being

    This is a  great collection of research by Canadian public health professionals presented in a fun format
  • Self-Compassion

    A website by Kristin Neff that provides information about self-compassion and is intended for students, researchers, and the general public
  • TED.com

    Type in "Happiness" in a topic search and find a host of wonderful TED talks on the subject. You'll find talks by Shawn Achor, Philip Zimbardo, Mihaly Csikszentsmihalyi, Dan Gilbert, Martin Seligman, Matthieu Ricard, and many others.
  • Website of Ruut Veenhoven

    Ruut Veenhoven is Emeritus-professor of “social conditions for human happiness” at Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Work-Related Happiness

Positive work outcomes are associated with:

  • Positive work orientation  (seeing work as job, career, or calling):  Employees who identify a sense of meaningfulness in their work are happier  (Pratt and Ashforth, 2003).
  • Positive climate (psychological experience of work environment):  A positive work climate has been found to enhance decision making, productivity, creativity, social integration and prosocial behaviors (Staw and Barsade, 1993).
  • Positive communication:  “Single most important factor in predicting team performance, which was more than twice as powerful as any other factor, was the ratio of positive comments to negative comments” (Losada and Heaphy, 2004).


Gratitude Journals

Research has shown that students who kept gratitude journals experienced:

  • Fewer physical symptoms such as headaches and colds
  • Felt better about their lives and were more optimistic about the coming week
  • Had higher states of alertness, attentiveness, determination and energy
  • Reported fewer hassles in their lives
  • Engaged in more helping behavior towards other people and had a sense of being more connected to others
  • Experienced better sleep quality
  • Were absent and tardy less
  • Had higher GPAs. (Emmons)

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Scholarly Articles

In the Journal Psychological Science, check out these AUTHORS: Csicksentmihalyi; Diener; Seligman; Fredrickson; Peterson; Steen; Niemac; Deci; Ryan; Lyubomirsky; Isen; Park; Reschly; Gable; Furlong; Snyder; Lopex; McCullough; Richardson; Taylor; Park; Hu; Luskin; Ben-Shahar

Books on Happiness & Positive Psychology

Apps for iPhone/iPad (iOS) or Android

  • Buddhify 2: "the mindfulness app for your modern life." Dozens of custom meditations for 14 different parts of your day. Cost is $1.99. iOS.
  • Conscious: increase your mindfulness and awareness by taking simple and effective daily challenges alongside other like-minded people. Rated at 4.6 stars. Free. Android.
  • The Gratitude Habit: A Happiness Workshop from LiveBetterYou. Workshop on happiness with tips on incorporating gratitude and appreciation into your own life. Five star app. Free. iOS.
  • Gratitude & Happiness(Self-Help Journal, Todo, Thoughts and Mood Tracker): Track basic happiness items and graph them. This is "a slice" of the Track & Share app above. If you purchase that app, skip this one. Cost is $.99. iOS.
  • Gratitude Journal: create and search journal entries, add photos to entries, email entries, set a daily reminder, etc. Cost is $.99. iOS.
  • Happy App--Beat Depression, Anxiety & Stress, Guided Meditation & Hypnosis. Guided hypnosis by Racheal Meddows. Cost is $3.99. iOS
  • Headspace (on-the-go). Meditation app with quick techniques to "help you sleep better, focus more, & get some relief from a busy mind." For iOS and Android. Free.
  • iZen Garden for iPad: Create your own Zen garden (with a rake, sand and rocks..). Cost is $4.99. iOS.
  • Lift-Daily Motivation: "Unlock your potential. Change your life." Coaching toward making your goals habitual, see your progress visualized, get support from your friends, try to beat your best streak. Free. iOS and Android.
  • Meditation 4 Inner Wisdom: guided meditation/self-hypnosis. Free. iOS.
  • Mindfulness Meditation: guided meditations ranging from 5 to 40 minutes; includes an audio guide to meditation. Cost is $1.99. iOS.
  • MindHealth: an app (based on Buddhist Psychology) to help you reduce stress, calm the mind, and "sow the seeds of happiness" through your meditation practice. Helps you learn acceptance, non-judgment, compassion, gratitude, loving kindness. Android.
  • Mindful Meditation Hypnosis by Subliminal Affirmations. Choose a short or long session of hypnosis led by Rachael Meddows. Free with in app purchases. iOS.
  • The Now-Mindful LIving: helps you to retrain your mind to live more fully in the moment. Provides periodic cues to be fully focused on the present. Free. iOS.
  • The Power of Gratitude: understand the power of gratitude, keep your own gratitude list, etc. Cost is $1.37. Android.
  • Transform Your Life: A Year of Awareness Practice by Cheri Huber: provides 365 days of inspirational quotes, encouragement, and daily assignments supporting awareness practice. Free with in app purchases available. iOS.
  • Zen Wisdom: Collection of Zen quotes that bring perspective. Cost is $.99.

Self Help Resources >>Happiness & Well Being

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