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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. (1990). Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. New York: Harper & Row. The book focuses on what flow states are and how they relate to happiness.
Gallup Healthways®. (2008-present). Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index®. The website presents data on their daily administration of 56 item questionnaire about Americans “health and well-being.” The data are since 2008. The site includes a description of their methodology. The data have lots of applications to behavioral science research, political science, and government planning.
Gilbert, Daniel. (2007). Stumbling on happiness. New York: Vintage. This is a unique book that focuses on how man’s brain makes lots of predictions, but the nature of our thinking often leads to inaccurate predictions and interferes with happiness. While respected for scholarship and being intriguing, cognitive behavioralists have not built on his findings, in part because he doesn’t give here is what to do about it advice. It appears to have a lot of research potential.
Helliwell, John, Layard, Richard, & Sachs, Jeffrey. (Eds.) (2013). The World Health Report, The Earth Institute, Columbia University. This is a very scholarly work that goes into great detail about methodology in studying happiness globally.
Kushner, Harold. (1981). When bad things happen to good people. New York: Avon Books. Rabbi Kushner addresses an issue that is often a stumbling block to happiness—making sense of why bad things happen to good people and how to respond.
Legatum Institute. (2012). The 2016 Legatum Institute Prosperity Index, This website rates happiness worldwide on eight factors.
Lombardo, Elizabeth. (2009). A happy you: Your ultimate prescription for happiness. New York: Morgan James Publishing. This is a very upbeat how to cognitive behavioral therapy approach to happiness.
Lyubomirsky, Sonja, (2008). The how of happiness. This is a very readable scholarly work in which she discusses the research behind the genetic component of happiness, happiness set point, and behavioral practices that can enhance happiness.
Lyubomirsky, Sonja, (2013). The myths of happiness. As the title suggests, this book focuses on the myths of happiness, e.g., I’ll be happy if or when… (and doesn’t emphasize research).
Peterson, Christopher, & Seligman, Martin. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook of classification. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press. This is positive psychology’s system for enumerating and measuring character strengths and virtues.
Post, Stephen. (2007). Why good things happen to good people. New York: Broadway Books. Post discusses research on altruism in a very readable manner.
Post, Stephen. (2011). The hidden gifts of helping: How the power of giving, compassion, and hope can get us through hard times. New York: Jossey-Bass. This is a more spiritual and personal book than Why good things happen to good people.
Seligman, Martin. (2002). Authentic happiness: Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. New York: Free Press. Seligman discusses positive psychology, happiness, cognitive behavioral strategies for being happier, and introduces character strengths (which is development more fully in his book, Character strengths and virtues: A handbook of classification).
Seligman, Martin. (2012). Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well being. New York: Atria Books. Seligman expands his criteria for happiness and calls it well-being.
Weiner, Eric. (2008). The Geography of Bliss. Paris, France: Hachette. NPR reporter goes on special assignment to research academically and personally the question, What are the happiest countries in the world?
Weissenstein, Michael. (2012, December 19). Happiest people on planet live in Latin America. Gallup poll suggests, Huffington Post Healthy Living. Unlike most happiness polls that put considerable weight on income and socioeconomic factors, in this study Gallup emphasized questions such as feeling well-rested, treated with respect, smiled or laughed a lot, learned or did something interesting and felt feelings of enjoyment the previous day. Most of their happiest countries were in Latin America.
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