Character Strength Books

Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners

 

This book is the epitome of positive psychology: it takes the “backbone” of positive psychology– character strengths – and builds a substantive bridge between the science and practice. Working with client’s (and our own) character strengths boosts well-being, fosters resilience, improves relationships, and creates strong, supportive cultures in our practices, classrooms, and organizations. This unique guide brings together the vast experience of the author with the science and the practice of positive psychology in such a way that both new and experienced practitioners will benefit. New practitioners will learn about the core concepts of character and signature strengths and how to fine-tune their approach and troubleshoot. Experienced practitioners will deepen their knowledge about advanced topics such as strengths overuse and collisions, hot button issues, morality, and integrating strengths with savoring, flow, and mindfulness. Hands-on practitioner tips throughout the book provide valuable hints on how to take a truly strengths-based approach. Martin E.P. Seligman, founder of positive pscyhology, said, "this is the GO-TO book for building character." To learn more about this book click here. Visit Hogrefe Publishing or Amazon to purchase: Character Strengths Interventions- Hogrefe; Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners

 

Character Strengths and Virtues

 

This groundbreaking handbook of character strengths and virtues is the first progress report from a prestigious group of researchers who have undertaken the systematic classification and measurement of widely valued positive traits. It classifies twenty-four specific strengths under six broad virtues that consistently emerge across history and culture: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each strength is thoroughly examined in its own chapter, with special attention to its meaning, explanation, measurement, causes, correlates, consequences, and development across the life span, as well as to strategies for its deliberate cultivation. This book demands the attention of anyone interested in psychology and what it can teach about the good life. Visit Amazon to purchase: Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification
 

 

Mindfulness and Character Strengths

 

Looking for the latest research and practices on character strengths and mindfulness? Curious about how character strengths can supercharge your mindfulness practice? Or how mindfulness can help you deploy your best qualities? Look no further the answers are in this book! At the core of this hands-on resource for psychologists and other practitioners, including educators, coaches, and consultants, is Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), the first structured program to combine mindfulness with the character strengths laid out in the VIA Institutes classification developed by Drs. Martin E. P. Seligman and Christopher Peterson. Visit Amazon to purchase:  Mindfulness and Character Strengths A Practical Guide to Flourishing
 

 

Authentic Strengths

 

Can happiness and optimal performance be learned?  Positive psychologists say “yes!” As decades of research and hundreds of studies  have now shown, people who express their strengths tend to be happier, engaged, energetic, resilient, less stressed, and higher achievers. No one reaches the top without being led or carried part of the way. Authentic Strengths will help carry you to your highest peaks―your best self.  This book will bring out the best in you and in those you seek to positively influence. Free shipping available for a limited time. Visit Amazon to purchase: Authentic Strengths

 

 

True You: Authentic Strengths for Kids

 

As decades of research has shown, children who express their character strengths tend to be happier, engaged, more resilient and higher achievers!  This book helps children discover their strengths and learn how to use them consistently. Consider the profound positive impact on a child's learning and overall development once they know what their best qualities are. The qualities that, when nurtured, can lead to good outcomes in every aspect of their lives. Developing an awareness of these strengths helps children to focus on "what's strong" instead of "what's wrong." True You! Authentic Strengths for Kids opens up a vital pathway to engagement―at school, in relationships and in life, bringing out the best in the children you seek to positively influence! Visit Amazon to purchase: True You: Authentic Strengths for Kids

 

Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life

 

This book brings the 24 VIA character strengths to life with stories involving children, teenagers, adults, and elders and occurring in family life and business settings, in the present and in the distant past, in locations from China to the United States to the Middle East. Based on the  unusual premise that a key way to build strength is to act ‘as if’ you  have that strength already, this book includes short passages to read aloud to try on particular character strengths. More than 30 authors contributed stories to this book. Assembled in honor of Chris Peterson, proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania in honor of the late Christopher Peterson. This scholarship supports the education of future practitioners of positive psychology. Visit Amazon to purchase: Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life (Positive Psychology News)

 

 

Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths

 

This is the second edition of the popular book, Positive Psychology at the Movies, and includes dozens of evocative movie images to help discuss key points. This book has three completely new chapters on "PERMA" (positive emotions, engagement,  relationships, meaning, and accomplishment), the 5 core areas of well-being discussed by positive psychologists. It discusses nearly 1,500 positive psychology movies - 400 of them new to this edition. Positive Psychology at the Movies 2 also has more in-depth discussions of film exemplars for each character strength, exploring its dynamics, use for coping, benefits, and now with movie exemplars of overuse and underuse of each strength. Visit Amazon to purchase: Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths
 

 

Your Strengths Blueprint: How to be Engaged, Energized, and Happy at Work

 

Are you ready to make your work just a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable? Would you like to unleash the potential of the people in your team? Do you want to enhance your business goals of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and profitability? Then this book is your blueprint to discovering, developing, and delivering on your strengths at work--those things you're good at and actually enjoy doing. Now is the time to strive for a strengths-fueled future. Discover how to nurture your strengths and unleash your inner potential to find new and exciting pathways at work. Visit Amazon to purchase: Your Strengths Blueprint: How to be Engaged, Energized, and Happy at Work

 

 

The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish

 

This game-changing book shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. Most parents struggle with this shift because they suffer from a negativity bias, thanks to evolutionary development, giving them “strengths-blindness.” By showing us how to throw the “strengths switch,” Lea Waters demonstrates how we can not only help our children build resilience, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today’s pandemic of depression and anxiety. Visit Amazon to purchase: The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish

 

Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts

 

In fairy tales, lasting love just happens. But in real life, healthy habits are what build happiness over the long haul. Happy Together, written by positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James O. Pawelski, is the first book on using the principles of positive psychology to create thriving romantic relationships. Combining extensive scientific research and real-life examples, this book will help you find and feed the good in yourself and your partner. You will learn to develop key habits for building and sustaining long-term love by: promoting a healthy passion , prioritizing positive emotions, mindfully savoring experiences together, and seeking out strengths in each other. Through easy-to-follow methods and fun exercises, you’ll learn to strengthen your partnership, whether you’re looking to start a relationship off on the right foot, weather difficult times, reignite passion, or transform a good marriage into a great one.. Visit Amazon to purchase: Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts