Staying positive is f*cking hard. It takes daily effort to make sure your life goes in the right direction, but it’s possible to do. I tried, and I know. But you need tools for this. One of the best ones is reading positive psychology books!
In a few seconds, I will give you only the best positive psychology books! I am sure you will love them!
These books can help you:
1. Understand what the fuck is happening with your life.
2. Develop a better mindset.
3. See this world from a different angle.
1. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
Book Thinking, Fast and Slow is based on research that Kahneman conducted by himself over many years.
Kahneman discusses here the relationship between the two modes of systems we have. Our first system, System 1, is spontaneous, automatic, and intuitive. In contrast, System 2 is thoughtful, deliberate, and calculated. The book describes how the interactions between these systems influence our thinking and actions.
Daniel Kahneman is a genius. At least for some people. But I think he is something even more.
2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales, by Oliver Sacks
In this positive psychology book, Sacks recounts a number of fascinating and strange medical cases he encountered while practicing as a neurologist.
One of these cases leads to the title of the book: the man who mistook his wife for a hat was suffering from visual agnosia. People with this condition are incapable of interpreting visual information, so they are unable to recognize objects or faces. Whether it’s this case or one about a man who couldn’t recognize his own leg, Sacks handles cases that are out of the ordinary.
This engaging and easy-to-read book will help you:
1. Appreciate your life.
2. Accept life with its problems.
3. Understand that a lot can go wrong in our brains. When you understand it, you start reacting differently to different situations. After all, preparation is the mother of wisdom, right?
In a few simple words: you must read it!
3. The Invisible Gorilla, by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
The book’s title refers to previous research on this topic: when participants are asked to count the number of times players pass the ball, they don’t even notice someone dressed as a gorilla walking around!
In a word, the book examines extremely interesting and vital phenomena.
The book’s authors (and there are even two of them, Chabris and Simmons) demonstrate in this entertaining book that we notice less than we think we do.
How this book helped me: it helped me to acquire peripheral thinking—to see possibilities that I had not seen before.
If you want to get more out of life, you must learn to distract yourself from what you have been focusing on for years. Because if you’re going to focus on what you used to be focused on, you’re screwed…
4. The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson
In this book, Jon Ronson shares anecdotes from his career as a journalist and author, making it an entertaining read. As a result of extensive research and numerous visits to psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychopaths, Ronson explores the underlying causes of psychopathy.
Ronson frequently mentions the Hare test and suggests that many leaders in business and politics may, in fact, be psychopaths. Ronson’s storytelling will keep you turning the pages, while the non-academic style makes it ideal for those without a psychology background.
5. The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor
Some people think happiness and success are the results of realizing your dreams. This statement is bullshit. I will tell you why!
According to recent research in positive psychology, happiness actually fuels success, not the other way around. My research supports this fact, so the world needs to think about it. Unfortunately, few people have time for that… But you have time for your happiness, reader? If you have at least an hour—grab this book!
With this red book, its author offers tips on how to capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve your performance and maximize your potential.
I could write many interesting things about this book, but my goal isn’t to keep you in this article for two days. My goal is to help you choose a book, and I suggest you start with this one!
When one of my friends “digested” it, he said, “Amazing.” He called this book “Positive Psychology Textbook,” but I call it “One of the best books on happiness that everyone should read!”
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