Positive Psychology Resources

Home of positive psychology coaching, and information about MentorCoach program, classes and resources.

The Coaching Toward Happiness eNewsletter is a free monthly email newsletter which provides each month (or a little more often) a succinct article devoted to practical strategies for integrating Positive Psychology into your own life and into the lives of others. Written by Ben Dean, PhD, the CTH has been published since 2005.

Positive Psychology Thought Leader Interviews. MentorCoach’s free, recorded interviews—60-80 minutes long–with the stars of positive psychology such as the late Chris Peterson, Roy Baumeister, Angela Duckworth, Barbara Fredrickson, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ken Sheldon, Bob Emmons, Amy Wrzesniewski, Dan Gilbert, Carol Dweck, Ellen Langer, Gabriele Oettingen, Shelly Gable, and many more.

The Positive Psychology Coaching Master Class.  MentorCoach’s superb two-month master class, not in positive psychology, but in positive psychology coaching.  How to apply positive psychology to your coaching, your work, and your life.  Includes readings and weekly, carefully curated materials to deepen your understanding.

The Authentic Happiness website is developed by the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman as Director of the Center and a Professor of Psychology at Penn. Its purpose is to provide free resources where people can learn about Positive Psychology through readings, videos, research, opportunities, conferences, questionnaires with feedback and more. Location for the VIA Signature Strengths Test and other positive psychology assessments.

The University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center — a hub of positive psychology resources that promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology.

Chaired by Dr. Neal H. Mayerson, Ph. D., the VIA Institute on Character is a non-profit organization founded to advance the science and practice of character development. The Institute is dedicated to bringing the science of character strengths to the world through supporting research, creating and validating surveys of character, and developing practical tools for individuals and practitioners. The site includes a VIA Classification, reports, variety of courses and other resources and offers a free VIA Survey – a psychometrically validated personality test that measures your character strengths.

By creating your VIA Pro Site you will receive immediate access to your client’s VIA Survey results and in-depth reports after they complete the VIA Survey.

The mission of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) is to promote the science and practice of positive psychology and to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers and practitioners around the world who are interested in positive psychology. IPPA vision is to integrate the positive psychology activities around the world through work with national and regional organizations and support the global dialogue of both researchers and practitioners working in the field of positive psychology.

IPPA memberships support a range of programs designed to meet our three-part mission tri-part mission, like the World Congress on Positive Psychology and the Positive Psychology Leader Series. By joining our community, you will also be the first to hear about new developments and opportunities both from our organization and more broadly from across the field.

At the following link, you will find degree-granting programs in positive psychology offered by accredited institutions around the world:  http://www.ippanetwork.org/educational-programs/

Positive Psychology News Daily blog articles and reviews are authored by alumni or students at the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programs and by invited guest authors. It provides the latest news about happiness, the “science of happiness,” and positive psychology. Its goal is to be your fun and collaborative place for a research-based daily boost of happiness.

Created by Nataly Kogan, with one mission in mind, to help you find more moments of joy, kindness, and meaning in your everyday life and strengthen your happiness muscle through regular practice.The happier gratitude sharing app and the video wellness courses are inspired by scientific research that shows how gratitude, mindfulness, and staying connected to people you care about create the foundation for a happier and healthier life.

Positive Psychology Program B.V.–a positive psychology resource full of useful tools, exercises, courses and information. Founded by Seph Fontane Pennock and Hugo Alberts in the Hague, The Netherlands

Wholebeing Institute (WBI) is an educational organization focusing on research-based courses that help people live life to its fullest – spiritually, physically, intellectually, relationally, and emotionally. Its mission is to create learning communities worldwide where dedicated practitioners learn and teach the applied science of whole-person well-being.

The Langley Group Institute is an Australian nationally recognized Registered Training Organization dedicated to inspiring people to realize their potential through positive, evidence-based personal and professional development and bringing real world understanding of what it takes to inspire people to create flourishing workplaces, communities and lives.

The Positive Education School Association (PESA) chaired by Simon Murray is a group of Australian and international schools that are embedding Positive Psychology into their programs, with the aim of improving student wellbeing and academic performance. Membership is extended to all schools, individual teachers and all others who have an interest in an evidence-based approach to student wellbeing: https://www.pesa.edu.au/

Founded in 2008, by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya The Flourishing Center® is dedicated to help individuals and organizations thrive through innovative training programs, coaching and consulting services for over a decade. Its mission is to uplift the human condition by empowering people with the skills and tools to achieve happiness and wellbeing. Its vision is that every city across the world offers training and programs that teach people science based tools for self-awareness, self-compassion and self-care.

Psychology of True Happiness online summit website – The Science and Practice of Spirituality, Fulfillment and Flow. Amazing online positive psychology event to discover powerful practices for fulfilling your greatest potential.

The Psychology of True Happiness is a series where thousands of people like you from around the globe gather to learn invaluable techniques for stress reduction, overcoming fear and self-doubt, developing self-esteem, compassion, forgiveness, mindfulness and a deep sense of inner resilience and wellbeing.

The European Network for Positive Psychology is a collective of European researchers and practitioners with shared interests in the science and practice of positive psychology.

This non-profit organization is aiming to share knowledge and research on positive psychology with fellow researchers and all others who have an interest in the subject. All work is done on a voluntary basis and the European Conferences on Positive Psychology held every second year are the most important events in the organization. The network includes more than 23 countries in Europe. Its logo – a butterfly – radiates positive energy and is a strong visual image signifying positivity and the ability to move freely. It embodies the desire of academics in ENPP wishing to convey knowledge and research on positive psychology.

You will find other positive psychology promoting organizations around the world here.

The National Wellbeing Service has been set up by a group of psychologists and health educators who want to provide up-to-date wellbeing-related information, guidance and research to the public and health professionals. It is providing wellbeing research, information & training. In addition they publish three peer reviewed journals and a range of newsletters.

The European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology is a peer reviewed journal publishing theory, research and practice articles on all aspects of positive psychology with a particular focus on applied positive psychology.

This is a Positive Psychology website by and for Positive Psychology professionals with information about Positive Psychology organizations and Positive Psychology events.

Positran (Psychology of Positive Transformation) is a boutique consultancy dedicated to achieve transformation through applications of positive psychology and related disciplines to real world issues directed by Dr. Ilona Boniwell, one of the world’s leaders in the field of positive psychology, who founded and headed the first Master’s Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) in Europe.
It provides specialized consulting services, education, training, and innovative tangible tools in the areas of positive psychology, well-being, personal and organizational change, executive coaching, leadership, resilience and positive education all over the world. Its mission is to translate cutting edge research findings into tangible strategies and actions people can take to improve their well-being and performance and excellence.

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society that brings together like-minded people from all walks of life. It helps them take practical action, drawing on the latest scientific research done by leading experts from diverse fields including psychology, education, economics and social innovation. It provides ideas and resources to enable people to take action at home, at work or in their community.

The movement was founded in 2010 by Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon. The Dalai Lama became its patron. It offers the Action for Happiness Courses.

The Happiness Alliance provides tools, resources and knowledge to foster grassroots activism for a world where all beings can thrive.
Its mission is to improve the well-being of society by increasing understanding and appreciation of the factors that lead to life satisfaction, resilience and sustainability. In addition to economic status, we focus on examining sectors that span social, environmental and governance quality.

The Happiness Alliance is a home of The Happiness Initiative and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index. The Happiness Initiative is a tool to promote social justice.
The Happiness Alliance calls for the appointment of Officer or Ministers of Happiness and the formation of a happiness commission or office for all local, regional and national governments, as now exists in Bhutan, the United Arab Emirates and the state of Madhya Pradesh in India.

Project Happiness is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people with the resources to create greater happiness within themselves and the world. It specializes in emotional resilience-building programs. Our purpose is to provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness.

Drawn from research in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology, Project Happiness’ strength-based approach teaches vital social and emotional skills. Using books, film and educational programs, we are empowering children, families and communities to create happier, more meaningful lives.

The Pursuit of Happiness Project is a nonprofit organization founded and chaired by Mark K. Setton, D.Phil, CEO & Founder that for nearly twelve years is providing free, science-based information on life skills that promote happiness, empowering nearly five million visitors with new strategies to fight depression and experience greater psychological well-being.

It offers the Psychology of Happiness Online Certificate Course and the Skills-Based Happiness Quiz measures your “happiness skills” or habits. Based on your answers, you receive a free report with personalized guidance on how to be happier.

Happify was founded in New York City in 2012 by three entrepreneurs Tomer Ben-Kiki, Ofer Leidner, and Andy Parsons. With their expertise in gaming and technology, they realized they had a unique opportunity to bring the science to life in a fun, engaging way that could help people everywhere live more fully. Apart from the articles they also offer an interactive APPs for IOS and Android devices with cutting-edge science-based activities & games to empower you to take control of your emotional life, triumph over negative thoughts, stress and anxiety, gain confidence, improve relationships and find joy in the moment.

Build & Share is home to the LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology method. It is a technique that builds on the open source concept of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® and combines it with theories, evidence and practices within positive psychology. The method improves group problem solving and rich exploration of positive psychology related topics and allows for participants in all domains to come away with improved skills to learn collaboratively, to engage their imaginations and underlying beliefs more effectively, and to approach well-being themes with increased commitment and insight.
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® with Positive Psychology method is well documented in the book Exploring Positive Psychology with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® .

The Certification training is offered world-wide through International Association of Master Facilitators in The LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® For Positive Psychology Method.

The Foundations of Well-being program created by Rick Hanson PhD, guides you through the 12 Pillars of Well-Being, showing you step-by-step how to turn everyday experiences into powerful inner strengths, including kindness toward yourself, grit, gratitude, and self-worth. Learn to grow psychological strengths for stressful times, be more mindful, resilient, and hopeful, feel more ease and satisfaction in daily life, have more fulfilling relationships, free yourself from past painful experiences, feel less stressed, worried, or blue. Benefit from the knowledge of PP experts.

From its beginning in 1997, the Good News Network® has been gathering and disseminating positive news stories from around the globe as an antidote to the barrage of negativity experienced in the mainstream media. The website was created to report on outstanding citizen action, innovative solutions to the world’s problems, and to shatter negative stereotypes in the public. It was also specifically created to be a for-profit business to finally prove that good news actually does sell.

The Good News Network® features links to stories around the world, but also original news articles by the Good News Network editors, and contributing authors and columnists. It also offers free APPs that deliver non-stop ‘good news’ stories from around the world for iPhone and Android.
Geri Weis-Corbley is the force behind creating and updating the website since it was first launched. She became the first expert in the field of positive news in the U.S, and today her website serves millions of views each month and is growing exponentially.

The Science Behind Happi Habits:
This is a twelve week-long program that uses scientifically proven techniques drawn from Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to show you how to boost your happiness levels. By developing quick, simple and fun habits you will revolutionize how you approach life. Happi Habits is to spread the love far and wide! Stop by for inspiration, motivation, positivity and the odd dose of humor.

This site was founded by Dr. Rebecca Ray, the happiness enthusiast and a Clinical Psychologist for over a decade.

The aim of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) is to bring together teachers, parents, academics, students, schools, colleges, universities, charities, companies and governments to promote positive education. IPEN goals are to support collaboration, change education practice and reform government policy.

Research has identified a range of character strengths and virtues – such as curiosity, self-control and kindness – that are valued by all major cultures and religions because of their contribution to individual and societal flourishing. Positive education seeks to instill these universal values in people as seeds.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
Its programs turn cutting-edge research into practical resources for happiness, compassion, and a meaningful life.

The Greater Good Science Center offers various online products designed to guide you toward a happier life and stronger, more compassionate connections with others: Science of Happiness course, Good in Action, Thnx4 Gratitude Journal and Greater Good Magazine.

Synthesizing hundreds of scientific studies, Greater Good in Action collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life and puts them at your fingertips in an easy to navigate and digest format. This was created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center in collaboration with HopeLab.

The Greater Good magazine turns scientific research into stories, tips, and tools for a happier life and a more compassionate society through articles, videos, quizzes and podcasts.

The magazine is published by the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Science of Happiness MOOC.
The Science of Happiness on edX: The first MOOC to teach positive psychology. Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life offered by Berkeley, University of California. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. They will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond. It is a free eight-week course; however you can get a Verified Certificate for $49. Here’s
a video about the course.

Thnx4 is an online Gratitude Journal that helps you say thank you for the good things in life.

The Science of Happiness on edX: The first MOOC to teach positive psychology. Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life offered by Berkeley, University of California. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. They will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond. It is a free eight-week course; however you can get a Verified Certificate for $49.
Video about the course: https://youtu.be/OJtPWY8yv8s

The University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman welcome you to Foundations of Positive Psychology. Our five-course specialization provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application:

  • Positive Psychology: Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman’s Visionary Science with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman
  • Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions with Dr. James Pawelski
  • Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods with Dr. Angela Duckworth & Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft
  • Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills with Dr. Karen Reivich
  • Positive Psychology Specialization Project with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman

HopeLab is a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults.

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft.

With her work, Gretchen Rubin has emerged as an influential, non academic writer on habits and happiness.

The goal of GoodThink is to make you happier by bridging the gap between academic research and the real world, so that its message is not only instructive and inspirational, but evidence-based. The The GoodThink was co-founded by Shawn Achor – a New York Times bestselling author of Before Happiness (2013) and The Happiness Advantage (2010) and the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard, Michelle Gielan – the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness (2015) and Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and Amy Blankson – an award-winning author of Ripple’s Effect and The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies to Balance Productivity and Well-being in the Digital Era (Spring 2017). She is currently doing research in partnership with Google to determine how to make positive psychology strategies stick and create sustainable positive change.

The Positive Discipline Association exists to strengthen families, schools, and communities by providing training for trainers who educate parents, teachers, administrators and other helping professionals about the importance of belonging and significance, respect for all people, encouragement, strategies for reducing misbehavior, and the development of problem solving and communication skills for students and staff.
The Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills, in a manner that is respectful to both the adults and children – raising young people to be responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their community.

Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and is based on the bestselling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and co-authors. Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen developed the training programs Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way and Positive Discipline in the Classroom.

It is a unique event, bringing together the world’s leading experts in the science of happiness, as well as activists, philosophers, psychologists and personalities from different disciplines, cultures and generations.

It integrates international associations, working groups, government organizations and NGOs who have spent years defining and studying the levers of happiness, for individuals and organizations, societies and nations.

The Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (IPPE), led by its founding Director, Professor Rhonda Craven, is recognized for substantive and methodological advances in research into physical and psychological well-being, resilience, and self-concept, for developing psychometrically sound measures of important psychosocial outcomes, and for achieving synergistic blends of rigorous quantitative, qualitative, and applied research.

Research at IPPE capitalizes on the positive psychology revolution sweeping social science research worldwide. Working collaboratively with scholars across the world, IPPE researchers drive and achieve tangible success in international research in positive psychology.

The Positive Psychology People website was created by Dan Collinson and Lesley Lyle and launched on March 20, 2015 on International Happiness Day. It was to connect the students of the first MSc of Applied Positive Psychology course at Bucks New University, High Wycombe, help to keep the group together and provide resources and information for future students at the university. ‘The Positive Psychology People’ idea spread quite literally around the world.

The founders hope that their website will bring together people from different ages, genders, nationalities and cultures with a common goal to make a positive difference in the world through the application of positive psychology.

The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) was founded on January 19, 2012 by Dr. Jamie Gruman, Dr. Veronika Huta, Louisa Jewell, Lisa Sansom and Dr.Tayyab Rashid, all of who shared the vision of developing a psychologically healthy Canadian society through the research and application of positive psychology across Canada.

The College of Wellbeing’s Director, Dr. Chris Johnstone, has pioneered the role of Positive Psychology education in healthcare, education and the workplace. He is an author of Find Your Power – A Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change (Permanent Publications, 2nd Ed, 2010), and a co-author with Joanna Macy of Active Hope – how to face the mess we’re in without going crazy (New World Library, 2012).

PositivitiES – Applied Positive Psychology for European Schools
PositivitiES is a Comenius Multilateral European Project with the aim to help European teachers to learn, practice, apply and share experiences of Applied Positive Psychology in Education.
PositivitiES project approaches education using a holistic view, by creating opportunities to identify and develop character strengths of children, helping them to develop conscience of their own emotional states, contributing to their self-regulation skills, cultivating positive emotions, creating conditions for flow and optimal experience in the learning process, emphasizing the relevance of positive relationships and practicing skills to grow them, discovering the power of gratefulness and optimism.

Read how the latest research in positive psychology, neurosciences, behavioral sciences, and mindfulness helps to transform leaders, teams and organizations to achieve extraordinary results.

Positive and mindful leader, created by Armin Forstner, Natasa Kazmer and Declan Noone, shares with you the holistic and scientifically proven concepts of positive and mindful leadership, to learn from each other and strive for the extraordinary.
Download the free APP to read the magazine on your mobile device here: http://positivemindfulleader.com/#subscribe

The Positive Psychology Institute (PPI) integrates the emergent theory, research and evidence-based practice of Positive Psychology with traditional Psychology. PPI also draws from the complimentary fields of Neuroscience, Education, and Organizational Behavior.
It provides standard psychological services, including therapy, treatment and counseling for individuals and couples across a range of presenting issues adding applied positive psychology and a focus on the promotion of wellbeing, resilience and preventative mental health strategies.

The Institute designs and delivers Positive Education programs for schools as well as variety of workshops on applied positive psychology, neuroscience, mental fitness, wellbeing for schools, the community and the organizations from the private and public sectors across Australia.

Happiness Works develops Moodmap, a happiness analytics platform which enables forward-looking organizations to understand, measure and harness employee happiness. Alongside overall employee experience, their scientifically grounded Five Ways model will show you the critical factors that determine happiness at work.

It was founded by Nic Marks, a leading researcher on wellbeing and a regular speaker on happiness driven culture within organization.

Appreciative Inquiry Commons is a worldwide portal devoted to sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry and the rapidly growing discipline of positive organizational change. This site is a resource for leaders of change, scholars, students, and business managers. It is hosted by Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Founded in 2005, CAPP has spent the past twelve years designing new and better ways of assessing people. CAPP offers Strengths methodology, which has been developed by its CEO Alex Linley, a leading expert in the field of Positive Psychology.
Strengths-based assessment focuses on the natural strengths and capabilities that exist in a person, and aims to align these to the academic course or employment role that the person is pursuing. It delivers much more fair assessment outcomes across gender, ethnicity and social background. CAPP is also the first organization globally to create a Virtual Reality assessment lab.

The inter-disciplinary Well-being Institute based in Cambridge is dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of well-being and applying this new knowledge to helping people and institutions develop their full potential. The Institute’s Founding Director is Professor Felicia Huppert.

Friends of Positive Psychology Listserv.
The Positive Psychology Listserv, an American Psychological Association listserv originally founded by Marty Seligman, is frequented by practitioners worldwide who maintain a robust, thought-provoking PP dialogue online. It is open to all. To subscribe, click here. Then click on “Subscribe or Unsubscribe” on the bottom right of the form.

Chosen Positive Psychology Educational Programs Around the World:

Master of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (USA)
The first MSc program to open in the world, led by Dr. James Pawelski. The MAPP program is rooted in the work of Dr. Martin Seligman and explores the history, theory, and basic research methods of positive psychology. Visit the website: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/graduate/mapp/

MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London (UK)
This program provides a unique synthesis of the two elements in what is the first MSc course of its kind in the world. It fully integrates positive psychology and coaching psychology to create an innovative training program for those promoting wellbeing. Visit the website: https://www.uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/msc-applied-positive-psychology-and-coaching-psychology
For the distance learning option go to: https://www.uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/msc-applied-positive-psychology-and-coaching-psychology-by-distance-learning

Graduate Programs at the School of Positive Psychology (Singapore)
The School of Positive Psychology is the pioneer education and training facility in Singapore and Asia established to promote the art, the science and practice of positive psychology. Apart from providing education and credentialing, it promotes research, training, and the dissemination of positive psychology.
Visit the website for a range of Singapore-based short-term graduate and continuing-education programs: http://www.positivepsych.edu.sg/

MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge and Paris)
Created by Dr. Ilona Boniwell and taught by the best applied positive psychologists in the world, this is the first ever MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) to allow specialization in this discipline (choose from coaching, positive organizations, positive education, positive society, etc.). No longer limited to one location, one duration or a “one size fits all” approach, this program offers a portfolio of executive postgraduate modules in applied positive psychology in two world centers of scholarship – Cambridge and Paris, allowing the customization of study pathways to the needs of the professional client. To learn more, visit the program website: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applied-positive-psychology or contact Dr Ilona Boniwell (i.boniwell@positran.fr).

Positive Psychology Programs at Buckinghamshire New University (High Wycombe, UK)
Bucks New University offers MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology in Coaching short-term course 

Educational Programs at Claremont Graduate University (California, USA)
A range of MA and PhD programs headed by Professors Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura concentrating in positive developmental psychology, and positive organizational psychology and evaluation. Learn more: http://www.cgu.edu/positivepsych.

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