A Selected Bibliography of Wellbeing Resources

This page aims to provide a list of selected literature on Wellbeing and related fields of study, including Optimism, Positive Psychology, Positive Education, Constructive Journalism, Positive Organizational Scholarship, and more. Please note that the titles listed below are intended to provide suggestions to help get started on wellbeing journey.


  1. Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Girgus, J. S., & Seligman, M. E. (1992). Predictors and consequences of childhood depressive symptoms: A 5-year longitudinal study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 101(3), 405–422. DOI
  2. Seligman, M. E. P., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist, 55(1), 5–14. Link
  3. Seligman, M. E. P., Ernst, R. M., Gillham, J., Reivich, K., & Linkins, M. (2009). Positive education: Positive psychology and classroom interventions. Oxford Review of Education, 35(3), 293–311. Link


  1. Gyldensted, C. (2015). From mirrors to movers: Five elements of positive psychology in constructive journalism. Ggroup Publishing. URL
  2. Kern, M. L., & Wehmeyer, M. L. (Eds.). (2021). The Palgrave handbook of positive education. Palgrave Macmillan. URL
  3. Larson, C. D. (1912). The scientific training of children. The New Literature Publishing Company. URL
  4. Larson, C. D. (1912). Your forces and how to use them. The New Literature Publishing Company. URL
  5. Norrish, J. M. (2015). Positive education: The Geelong Grammar School journey. Oxford University Press. DOI
  6. Seligman, M. E. P. (1990). Learned optimism. Knopf.
  7. Seligman, M. E. P.,  Reivich, K., Jaycox, L., & Gillham, J. (1995). The optimistic child. Houghton Mifflin Company.
  8. Seligman, M. E. P. (2011). Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. Free Press. Read Abstract
  9. Snyder, C. R., Lopez, S. J., Edwards, L. M., & Marques, S. C. (Eds.). (2016). The Oxford handbook of positive psychology. Oxford University Press. DOI

Chapters in Edited Books:

  1. Kern, M. L., Park, N., & Romer, D. (2017). The positive perspective on youth development. In D. L. Evans, E. B. Foa, R. E. Gur, H. Hendin, C. P. O’Brien, D. Romer, M. E. P. Seligman, & B. T. Walsh (Eds.), Treating and preventing adolescent mental health disorders: What we know and what we don’t know (2nd ed., pp. 543–568). Oxford University Press. DOI

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