Books for Therapists on Happiness & Well-Being

For a long time, studies in psychology have focused on psychopathology and mental illnesses; however, in the last years, there has been a movement that centres on what makes us happy and fulfils us in life. This section offers the most relevant findings in this topic, and shows us how focusing on a different side of psychology can be beneficial both to therapists and patients.

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“Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Full Potential for Lasting Fulfillment” by Martin E. P. Seligman

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Authentic Happiness is the work of psychologist Martin Seligman, that draws from studies and principles of positive psychology to discuss the serious matter of happiness in this popular psychology classic. Making use of practical exercises and brief tests, Seligman invites the reader to focus on our personal strengths as a way to achieve a more fulfilled and, well, happy life.


“Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being” by Martin E. P. Seligman

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Leading positive psychologist Martin Seligman expands and improves the concept of well being in this informative and stimulating book. Using real-life examples and practical exercises, Seligman presents us to what allows us to create meaningful connections, accomplish our goals and build on our abilities. Having an impact on fields like education, economics, therapy and politics, this book is sure to give you a new perspective on professional and personal life alike.

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“The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is an astute, clever and, above all, meaningful exposition of the messages of Tibetan Buddhism. By exploring the philosophy of karma, rebirth, compassion and evolution, Rinpoche seeks to illuminate us on important spiritual practices and the practical actions we can take to connect with each other and to live a more spiritual life.


“Therapie-Tools Positive Psychologie: Achtsamkeit, Glück und Mut” von Bea Engelmann

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What makes a person strong? What makes someone’s life worth living, even when illness or problems plague his everyday life? Positive psychology finds the answers to exactly these questions – it puts the emphasis on resources and strengths in life instead of concentrating on existing deficits. In this volume of the Therapy Tools series, positive psychology is for once treated in a totally practical way. Split up into the categories of mindfulness, happiness and courage, Bea Engelmann provides a huge store of exercises which psychotherapists, consultants and coaches can use to support their clients and even for themselves, to come out from the shadows of their problems and to become aware of life’s sunny side. And so it becomes clear in various different ways that you can indeed learn to be happy, to feel better, if you act mindfully, and you can also profit yourself if, now and then, you test your own courage.

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