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I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Top Ten Books in Positive Psychology

I had a post this week regarding Barbara Fredrickson's new book, Positivity. Her book is one of ten recently recommended books on positive psychology.

As I discuss in the new 6th edition of my book, Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques, (Austin, 2009) positive psychology contains much that can be applied in recreational therapy. If you are curious to learn more about positive psychology you may want to take a look at what follows.

The March "Coaching Toward Happiness" eletronic newsletter contained a list of the top ten positive psychology books. Here they are:

A Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson.
Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson (see yesterday's RT Blog post for more information).
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky.
Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert Emmons.
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom--Why the Meaningful Life Is Closer Than You Think by Jonathan Haidt.
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.
Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar.
Happiness: A History by Darrin McMahon.
Quality of Life Therapy: Applying a Life Satisfaction Approach to Positive Psychology and Cognitive Therapy by Michael Frisch.


Blogger Danny Pettry said...

I’d like to recommend my own list of “happy books” here that was not on the list above.

These are three of my favorites:

# 1. Happy for No Reason
by Marci Shimoff

- Based on cutting-edge research and knowledge from the world's leading experts in the fields of positive psychology and neurophysiology, plus interviews with 100 truly happy people, this life-changing book provides a powerful, proven 7-step program that will enable you to be happier right now -- no matter where you start.

# 2. Learned Optimism:

by Marin Seligman - Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life

# 3 The Miracle of Water
by Masaru Emoto. I question the research from this book. I am not certain if tests could produce reliable, valid, consist outcomes. Masaru Emoto has photographed thousands of water crystals throughout his years of research, yet few have been as beautiful and life affirming as those formed from the words "love and gratitude." In The Miracle of Water, Dr. Emoto demonstrates how water's unique role in transporting the natural vibration of these words can help you welcome change and live a more positive and happy life

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Blogger Danny Pettry said...

WebMD is a magazine. Have you heard of it? I just discovered it today.

I was flipping the pages at an office today. It was a March/ April 2009 edition. I do not remember the title of the article or the author or I’d pay attribution.

It was on positive psychology. It said that happy people should thank their friends and their friend’s friends.

A study had shown that people who had happy friends were more likely to be happier. Having happy acquaintances and other networks can result in happiness as well.

The end note said that a person should not avoid unhappy people, but instead they should bring out the best in others.

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