Resources for going further
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
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.
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.