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My top 3 positivity book recommendations

Updated: Nov 8, 2020

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when searching for a good read on a topic you know little about. Or it may be that you've had a look online and seen someone's name mentioned a few times but when you look at the list of what they've written you just don't know which one to choose.




Rather than overwhelm you even more, here are my current top 3 reads about all things 'positivity'.







Positive Psychology in a Nutshell by Ilona Boniwell (2012)


This is a great, easy read and if you want a few bite size explanations about the different facets of positive psychology this is the one for you. Boniwell takes you, chapter by chapter, through a clear description of the concepts involved in happiness; including: emotions, hope and optimism, living in flow, love and subjective wellbeing. I recommend this as an accessible introduction and the book also includes a range of exercises you can do to increase your wellbeing levels.



The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters (2012)


I'm very choosy about 'self-help' books and 'pop psychology' but this one is excellent. Peters aim in this book is to help you to understand how your mind works and offers you ways to help you to improve the quality of your life, manage your emotions more effectively and become happier. Peters is a consultant psychiatrist but he writes this book in a style that makes everything he says and advocates easy to follow.



The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky (2007)


This is a book that is based on research evidence and helps you to consider how to practice gratitude and positive thinking; invest in social connections, manage stress and take care of your body and soul. All of those things that add up to increased wellbeing. What's not to like?

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