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Resources for going further

Books

Here are some of our favorite books that illustrate the core concepts on the topic of well-being. If you’re new to this material, these readings are a nice “starter set” to get you up to speed:

  • “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain” by Sharon Begley
  • “Grit” by Angela Duckworth
  • “Flourish” by Martin Seligman
  • “Positivity” by Barbara Fredrickson
  • “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • “Mindset” by Carol Dweck

Web Resources

Authentic Happiness is a fantastic website created by Martin Seligman and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania. The site contains a large collection of surveys and questionnaires that are valuable to anyone looking to gain some clarity surrounding their personal growth. We particularly recommend the VIA Survey of Character Strengths.

https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/testcenter

Barbara Fredrickson and colleagues developed the concept of the Positivity Ratio. By recording and comparing a range of positive and negative emotions, Barbara and her team have been able to correlate higher positivity ratios with elevated well-being. This tool is a great way to track your progress day-by-day. Or, you can break your day into chunks, and take the test separately for each “chapter” of your day, as a way to pinpoint when you’re at your best and which areas of your life can benefit most from some well-being training.

https://www.positivityratio.com/single.php