Last week in the New York Times Magazine section there was an article titled Happiness 101 by D.T. Max. In his article Max asks whether classes in positive psychology teach students not just to feel good but also to do good? The answer seemed to be “yes”. Positive psychology is “the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive” (Positive Psychology Center).
To take an online test to see what your character strengths are click here and try the VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire.
Some Oxford book that might help you on your journey to happiness are:
- Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson.
- Character Strengths and Virtues by Christopher Peterson, Martin Seligman.
- A Life Worth Living: Contributions to Positive Psychology edited by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Isabella Selega Csikszentmihalyi.
- Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology edited by Anthony D. Ong and Manfred H. M. Van Dulmen.