Books We Loved in 2017!

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We all know the paradox of choice can be crippling, especially in a book store! To help ease your decision making this year, we have put together a list of some of our favourite books on wellbeing, character, and education – in no particular order. And just in case you are looking forward to some anticipatory savouring, we have included a few books we are most looking forward to in 2018. Happy reading! We would love to hear from you on some of your favourite books in the comments below!

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

 

Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

 


 Originals

Adam Grant

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?


Happier

Daniel Horowitz 

When a cultural movement that began to take shape in the mid-twentieth century erupted into mainstream American culture in the late 1990s, it brought to the fore the idea that it is as important to improve one’s own sense of pleasure as it is to manage depression and anxiety. Cultural historian Daniel Horowitz’s research reveals that this change happened in the context of key events. World War II, the Holocaust, post-war prosperity, the rise of counter-culture, the crises of the 1970s, the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and the prime ministerships of Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron provided the important context for the development of the field today known as positive psychology.


The Power of Meaning 

Emily Esfhani Smith

In a culture obsessed with happiness, this wise, stirring book points the way toward a richer, more satisfying life. Too many of us believe that the search for meaning is an esoteric pursuit–that you have to travel to a distant monastery or page through dusty volumes to discover life’s secrets. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us–right here, right now.

 


Grit 

Angela Duckworth

In this must-read for anyone seeking to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement. Winningly personal, insightful and powerful, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that – not talent or luck – makes all the difference.

 

 


The Joy of Leadership

Tal Ben Shahar

The difference between flourishing and floundering is 10X. The difference between quantity and quality is a factor of 10. The difference in levels of engagement is exponential. People functioning at the highest level are what the authors call 10x leaders. Research on these leaders consistently brought up five major strengths. This book teaches readers to become a 10x leader using these five key areas, the SHARP framework.


Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy

Mathew A White (Editor),‎ Gavin R. Slemp (Editor),‎ A. Simon Murray (Editor)

This book is a collection of essays advancing the discourse in well-being science, authored by key thought leaders in positive psychology and its variants, including positive education, character education, and positive organizational scholarship. The authors address topics such as the next big ideas in well-being research and practice, potential strategies , as well as current gaps and limitations of the field. This book will be of particular interest for policy makers, educators and practitioners, as well as researchers.

 


The Positive and Mindful University

Sir Anthony Seldon & Alan Martin

This report proposes a new way forward for higher education in addressing the problems of mental health among students as well as staff, and helping them achieve higher levels of fulfilment. More than 400,000 staff and 2.2 million students are engaged in higher education in the United Kingdom. The pamphlet celebrates the diverse and remarkable work that is taking place at British universities.


 The Character Gap

Christian B. Miller 

We like to think of ourselves, our friends, and our families as decent people. We may not be saints, but we are still honest, relatively kind, and mostly trustworthy. Miller argues here that we are badly mistaken in thinking this. Hundreds of recent studies in psychology tell a different story: that we all have serious character flaws that prevent us from being as good as we think we are – and that we do not even recognize that these flaws exist. Miller uses this recent psychological literature to explain what the notion of “character” really means today, and how we can use this new understanding to develop a character better in sync with the kind of people we want to be.


 The Strength Switch

Dr. Lea Waters

Unlock your child’s potential by helping them build their strengths. As a strengths-based scientist for more than 20 years, Dr Lea Waters has witnessed first-hand how focusing on our children’s strengths, rather than correcting their weaknesses, can help build resilience and optimism, and offer protection from depression and anxiety.

 


Looking forward to

Happy Together

James Pawelski and Suzie Pilegi Pawelski 


The Hope Circuit

Martin Seligman

 

 

 


Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom – A practical guide to teaching happiness and wellbeing 

Adrian Bethune 

 

 

 

 

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