Recommended resources for your inspiration

There are some fabulous courses, books, DVDs and websites that you might find really useful to continue your exploration of living in a happier way. Below are some of my favorites.

Courses, Websites & Organisations

Trainings

The College of Wellbeing http://collegeofwellbeing.com
Chris Johnstone who set up the College of Wellbeing also has a brilliant, short online Resilience training on Udemy. You can get this at 50% off by following the link on this page: http://collegeofwellbeing.com/personal-resilience-in-an-hour/

The Penn University Resilience programs http://ppc.sas.upenn.edu/services/penn-resilience-training

The Power of Happiness course –  Click here
– a fabulous and entertaining 10 day online video course that guides you to greater happiness in a fun and thought provoking way. Presented by Vanessa van Edwards, the behavioral investigator who created the Science of People research organization.

The Character Strength Survey

To discover what your top character strengths are, take the online survey for free at www.viasurvey.org

Meditation

There are many ways to meditate and you may find that there are some great local groups or classes near to you that you can join. You will also find www.modernmeditator.com  to be a really useful resource to introduce you to the basics of meditation and to various tools and resources that can help you with your meditation.

Discover your happiness levels

There are several interesting questionnaires that can help you get an objective view of your levels of positive emotions and attributes at www.authentichappiness.org

When you have a spare half hour fill in some of the questionnaires and see what you can learn about yourself.

World Happiness Indexes

The World Happiness Report

http://worldhappiness.report/

The Happy Planet Index

http://happyplanetindex.org/

Other Happiness Resources

International Day of Happiness

http://www.happinessday.org/

http://www.dayofhappiness.net/#join

 

Recommended Happiness Books

“Flourish” by Martin Seligman
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“Learned Optimism” by Martin Seligman
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” by Mihaly Csikszenmihalyi
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“The How of Happiness: A Practical Guide to Getting the Life You Want” by Sonja Lyubomirsky
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“Connected: the amazing power of social networks and how they shape our lives” by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“Active Hope – how to face the mess that we are in without going crazy” by Chris Johnstone
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“Find your Power – a toolkit for resilience and positive change” by Chris Johnstone
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“The Resiliency Advantage – master change, thrive under pressure and bounce back from setbacks” by Al Siebert
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

Inspirational stories

“Endurance: Shackleton’s incredible voyage to the Antarctic” by Alfred Lansing
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

Clutter Clearing

“The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing”  by Marie Kondo
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK )

“Spark Joy – an illustrated masterclass on the art of organizing and tidying up”  by Marie Kondo
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK )

CDs

“The Heart Meditation” by Jem

Films and Video Talks

Inspirational Videos

Martin Seligman’s “Positive Psychology” TED talk

Shawn Achor’s “The Happy Secret to Better Work” TED talk

Giles Duley’s “When a Reporter Becomes the Story” TED talk

Dan Gilbert’s “Science of Happiness” TED talk

Nic Marks “Happy Planet Index” TED talk

Robert Waldinger’s TED talk about the longest study of happiness

Down to Earth trailer – gratitude

Uplifting and Inspirational Films

“Happy” DVD
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“Pay It Forward” DVD
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

“Bucket List” DVD
(Available at Amazon in: USA, or in UK)

Eddie the Eagle DVD

Journals

My Happiness Journal

The workbook to use alongside the Choosing Happier book.

A valuable addition and tool to support you in finding joy in life.

 

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