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Positive psychology is "the study of the processes and conditions that contribute to optimal functioning and flourishing in human beings... positive experiences, positive traits, positive communities...positive emotions." (ENCY OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY)
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Books Available in Darling Library (West Campus)

Cover Art
Handbook of positive psychology (2002) - C.R. Snyder & Shane J. Lopez
ISBN: 0195182790
This is an E-book, available only only through the APU Libraries website ( and requires an APU NetID and password to access from off-campus.



Journal of Positive Psychology

Print version available at Darling Library from November 2009 (vol. 4, no. 6) to present; online version available through the APU Libraries website (  You must have a current APU NetID and password to access the online version of this journal.

Please ask a librarian for assistance or call the Darling Library Reference Desk at 626-815-6000, ext. 5066.



Web Sites

Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

"The Positive Psychology Center promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology."  (from the website)


Authentic Happiness

Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology.




Martin Seligman: Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy (2008)

"In this interview, the founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, PhD, introduces Positive Psychotherapy. Seligman emphasizes that happiness is not just the absence of disorder, as "psychology as usual" might contend. Rather, happiness derives from an execution of our signature strengths. Seligman demonstrates a new set of rigorously tested interventions that lastingly increase happiness while decreasing depression."


The Top 5 Things You Might Not Know About Positive Psychology (2009)

"Dr. Seligman discusses some of the little known aspects of Positive Psychology; some of which might surprise you!"


Using Positive Psychology in the Workplace

"Bill McPeck, Director of Employee Health & Safety for the State of Maine, talks about the use of positive psychology in the workplace."


Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness (2006)

"Tal Ben-Shahar, instructor of the most popular course at Harvard University, discusses the findings of current research on the science of happiness and introduces ideas and tools that can actually make a difference in one's life."



Recent Journal Articles

Leu, J., Wang, J., & Koo, K. (2011). Are positive emotions just as “positive” across cultures?. Emotion, doi:10.1037/a0021332

Cohn, M. A., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2010). In search of durable positive psychology interventions: Predictors and consequences of long-term positive behavior change. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 5(5), 355-366. doi:10.1080/17439760.2010.508883

Hackney, C. H. (2010). Sanctification as a source of theological guidance in the construction of a Christian positive psychology. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29(3), 195-207. 

Kiselica, M. S., & Englar-Carlson, M. (2010). Identifying, affirming, and building upon male strengths: The positive psychology/positive masculinity model of psychotherapy with boys and men. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 47(3), 276-287. doi:10.1037/a0021159

Kristjánsson, K. (2010). Positive psychology, happiness, and virtue: The troublesome conceptual issues. Review of General Psychology, 14(4), 296-310. doi:10.1037/a0020781

All of these articles are available online through the APU Libraries website:  You must have a current APU NetID and password to access the online versions of these articles. .Please ask a librarian for assistance or call the Darling Library Reference Desk at 626-815-6000, ext. 5066.


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