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Happiness, Well-Being, and Positive Psychology Resources

Prezi on "Happiness and Well-Being"

Click on the above llink and get inspired! Once in the presentation, click on the "more" button and expand to "full screen." The presentation is self-paced; just click on the play button to move forward each time you are ready for a new section. Make sure to watch all the youtube clips-- they are great!

Authentic Happiness & Positive Psychology

This website is hosted by Martin Seligman, a psychologist central to the Positive Psychology movement

Introduction to Positive Psychology

From University of Pennsylvania

The Art and Practice of Learning to be Happy

Many ideas from different sources on learning to be happy

The Pursuit of Happiness Often Backfires 

This is an Article by Rick Nauert

Megan Birney on the Pursuit of Happiness

Article in the "Social Psychology Eye"

This is a powerpoint on ways to be happy

Greater Good Science Center

This center is run out of UCB. The center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills of compassion

Original Happiness Project

By Satya Colombo. The site includes written word, photos, and video clips

Clips and information about the Happy Movie and Movement 

Positive Sharing

From Alexander Kjerulf, a leading expert on happiness at work


A YouTube Clip from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown?”

Habits of Happiness

A YouTube Clip of a talk by Matthieu Ricard (a Buddhist monk)

Sustainable Happiness

This is a cool map/flow chart with "sustainable happiness" as the central concept

Road to Well Being

This is a  great collection of research by Canadian public health professionals presented in a fun format

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

Statistics on well-being in the U.S.

National Accounts of Well Being

Statistics on markers of well being from several countries

Brain Rules

What we know about the brain in relation to well-being

Biology of Joy

Article based on the brain science work of Richardson and others

Website of Ruut Veenhoven

Ruut Veenhoven is Emeritus-professor of “social conditions for human happiness” at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship

This center is devoted to transforming organizations through research on the theory and practice of positve organizing and leadership

Brene Brown's Blog

A website addressing happiness, authenticity, shame resilience, and self-compassion (among other things)


A website by Kristin Neff that provides information about self-compassion and is intended for students, researchers, and the general public


Webpage at the Counseling Center of Loyola University Maryland which has a lot of good resources and links for various relaxation and meditation techniques

Happy At Work

Found at, a group called Improv Everywhere set up a podium and a megaphone on a New York street corner on 8/24/11 at 2:13 p.m. with a plaque that said simply “Say something nice.” And people do:  Say something nice… and say it loud

For scholarly articles:

In the Journal Psychological Science, check out these AUTHORS:
Csicksentmihalyi; Diener; Seligman; Fredrickson; Peterson; Steen; Niemac; Deci; Ryan; Lyubomirsky; Isen; Park; Reschly; Gable; Furlong; Snyder; Lopex; McCullough; Richardson; Taylor; Park; Hu; Luskin; Ben-


Work-Related Happiness:

Positive work outcomes are associated with:

  • Positive work orientation  (seeing work as job, career, or calling):  Employees who identify a sense of meaningfulness in their work are happier  (Pratt and Ashforth, 2003).
  • Positive climate (psychological experience of work environment):  A positive work climate has been found to enhance decision making, productivity, creativity, social integration and prosocial behaviors (Staw and Barsade, 1993).
  • Positive communication:  “Single most important factor in predicting team performance, which was more than twice as powerful as any other factor, was the ratio of positive comments to negative comments” (Losada and Heaphy, 2004).

Gratitude Journals

Research has shown that students who kept gratitude journals experienced:

  • Fewer physical symptoms such as headaches and colds
  • Felt better about their lives and were more optimistic about the coming week
  • Had higher states of alertness, attentiveness, determination and energy
  • Reported fewer hassles in their lives
  • Engaged in more helping behavior towards other people and had a sense of being more connected to others
  • Experienced better sleep quality
  • Were absent and tardy less
  • Had higher GPAs. (Emmons)

Keeping a Gratitude Journal

You can keep a gratitude journal in a hardbound journal, online, or through an iTunes or Android app. See below for some ideas.

Gratitude Website

A link to a a neat website explaining how gratitude can help make you happy.

On-Line Gratitude Journal

This is a free online gratitude journal.

Apps through iTunes or Android Marketplace

“Gratitude Journal Your Positive Thoughts” by Happy Tapper (app for 99 cents on iTunes)
“Thankfulfor” by Shiny Heart Ventures (free app on iTunes)           
“Gratitude Journal Lite”by JI Software Company (free app on iTunes)
"The Power of Gratitude" by Koolappz ($1.37 app on Android Marketplace)

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