Check out the Top Ten Books in Positive Psychology.  Join us on Monday for a teleworkshop on positive psychology coaching.  And come for a conversation with acclaimed positive psychologist, Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., on her new book, Positivity.


In this Issue

1.  Positive Psychology Coaching TeleWorkshops with Ben Monday, 3/16/09

2.  Main Article: Ben's Top Ten Books in Positive Psychology

3.  Interview with Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. on her new book, Positivity

4.  Upcoming Classes




1.  The Positive Psychology Coaching TeleWorkshop


Join me for a live TeleWorkshop on Monday.  I'll talk about our approach to positive psychology coaching, respond to all questions, do a live coaching session with a participant.  We'll end with a drawing for a full fellowship in an upcoming 31-week MentorCoach Training Program.



WITH: Ben Dean, Ph.D., MCC

WHEN: Monday, March 16, 2009

TIME: 7:00 - 8:59 PM Eastern

Click here to register

TUITION: No Charge for CTH Subscribers



2.  Ben's Top Ten Books in Positive Psychology

Dear Colleagues,

A few years ago, CTH published its Top Ten List of Positive Psychology Books.  You can see it here.  

Much has happened since then.  Here's our second Top Ten List.  Please do not attach any meaning to this list other than they are either my personal favorites or strongly recommended to me by friends in the field.


Ben's Top Ten Books in Positive Psychology

By Ben Dean, Ph.D., MCC



1. A Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson, Ph.D.


By far the best introduction to positive psychology ever written.  Written by one of the legendary figures in the field, it provides understanding, depth, rich resources, and it's fun to read.  It's a best-selling text book and a perfect introduction to the field for bright professionals.  Marty Seligman calls it "the definitive textbook in positive psychology." To read the Top Ten Reasons to Love Chris Peterson's Primer, read part two of this CTH newsletter here.  To follow Chris' beautifully written Psychology Today blog, The Good Life, click here.


2. Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth by Ed Diener, Ph.D., and Robert Biswas-Diener, MA

Ed Diener is the world's leading expert on happiness and subjective well being.  And his son, Robert, was accurately christened by Chris Peterson as the "Indiana Jones of positive psychology" for his research across the world. Truly a wealth of information, the book is divided into four parts, detailing the components of psychological wealth, defined as, “your true net worth…which includes your attitudes toward life, social support, spiritual development, material resources, health, and the activities in which you engage.” Readers are equipped with surveys and questionnaires to measure and improve their own psychological wealth.



“The genius of the positive psychology movement,” says Marty Seligman, of Barbara Frederickson, whose groundbreaking research has provided much of the fuel for the field’s progress.  She's widely known for her "broaden-and-build" theory of positive emotion.  Positivity, her highly anticipated new book delivers a feast of empirical evidence, insight and incentive to continually study the effects of positive emotions and practice the applications that are proven to increase them. A must have for those who like to back up their suggestions with evidence.  And if you'd like to talk to Barbara, join us for her 80-minute Q&A interview on March 27, 2009 by clicking here.


4. The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. 


Sonja is Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Riverside.  Our keynote speaker at this year’s MentorCoach Conference, Sonja gets constant, daily requests for interviews, lecture invitations in the US and overseas and has appeared on many national television shows.  HOH's very big agenda is to help us understand what happiness is and to offer specific strategies for increasing it.  And it does not provide a one-size-fits-all approach.  Instead, it provides tests so readers can tailor the exercises specifically to themselves.  To see Sonja's How of Happiness site, click here.    To see her Psychology Today blog, click here.


5. Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Emmons, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology, has written one of the coolest books around – based entirely on the powerful strength of gratitude. Thank goodness Bob persevered in his desire to study gratitude, in spite of being discouraged early on in his career, for his research has revealed stunning statistics on gratitude’s role in goal attainment, relationship building, improved health, and much more. Thanks! is a must read, and is accessible to everyone from teens on up. (Be sure to memorize the 10 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude.)


6. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom--Why the Meaningful Life Is Closer Than You Think by Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.


Where does happiness come from? This is one of the powerful questions Haidt dives into in this deeply compelling book, drawing from the wisdom of the world’s greatest civilizations to explore “10 Great Ideas” and find their relevance today. Travel through the workings of the mind, as well as “the meaning of life” through the eyes of such luminaries as Buddha, Plato, Freud and others. A great philosophical exploration and, yes, you’ll even find some tips for finding your own happiness.



7. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D.

Consider this book the ‘challenging older brother’ book of the batch, one with wit, irony, and a few zingers aimed at all of us. According to Harvard's Dan Gilbert, we aren’t that good at predicting what will make us happy, in fact we often are way off base. When we do find ourselves truly happy, often it is surprising to us – thus, the title. Through great storytelling, beautiful use of humor, and plenty of compelling research, Gilbert takes us through the fascinating workings of our minds and a little closer to understanding our desire for happiness.  For more about the book, click here



8. Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar

Mention Tal Ben-Shahar and you’ll likely hear, “teacher of the most popular class at Harvard….” (More information here).  Tal’s renowned positive psychology course serves as the basis for Happier, which results in a book filled with clear and lively writing, specific research examples for each “lesson” being taught, and relevant “home work” assignments to help readers build happiness. I've now heard Tal speak three times and can verify he's an extraordinary lecturer.  His work is also appealing to me because he "lives" it as much as he can.  I'm sure this is part of his appeal to students.  Definitely another great book for both those who are new to the science of positive psychology, and those who are more familiar.


9. Happiness: A History by Darrin M. McMahon, Ph.D.


The only non-psychologist on our list, McMahon is Ben Weider Professor of History at Florida State University.  This is another great book for those seeking a historical look at happiness, and how our current “obsession” with happiness took shape. Spanning 2,000 years, the book touches on everything from ancient Greek tragedies to the Declaration of Independence to Martin Luther’s, “breakthrough struggle with God.” A challenging, highly accessible and entertaining read.




Frisch offers valuable lessons that can be put to immediate use. What more can coaches ask for? Frisch beautifully describes ways that coaches, clinicians, and other change agents can expand and transform their practices into strong examples of positive psychology in practice. With 44 positive psychology growth exercises and 148 happiness prescriptions based on the latest research in several areas (goals, health, relationships, work, learning, etc.,) this book is like having a full time support staff sitting on your bookshelf.





3.  Interview with Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.


Join Professor Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity for an 80-minute Q&A call. Bring all your questions. 


Go to her Amazon Page and read the reviews of her new book.  Then order your own copy so you'll be ready at the interview! 



Date: Friday, March 27, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:20 PM Eastern (New York Time)
12:00 PM to 1:20 PM Central (Chicago)
11:00 am to 12:20 PM Mountain (Denver)
10:00 am to 11:20 am Pacific (Los Angeles)
International Time:
5:00 PM to 6:20 PM GMT/UTC

To Register, click here.


Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina. She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology. Her research centers on positive emotions and human flourishing.  Her research and her teaching have been recognized with numerous honors, including, the 2000 American Psychological Association's Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology. Her work is cited widely and she is regularly invited to give keynotes nationally and internationally. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two sons. Her latest book is Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive.




4.  MentorCoach Upcoming Foundations Programs


MCP 131 Tuesdays
31 Tuesdays
12 noon - 12:59 PM Eastern (New York Time)
Starts Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Faculty: Kim Kirmmse Toth, LCSW, ACC

For more information, click here.


MCP 132 Thursdays
31 Thursdays
8:00 PM - 8:59 PM Eastern (New York Time)
Starts Thursday, April 2, 2009
Faculty: Margaret Wilkinson, Ph.D.

For more information, click here.


Both MCP 131 and MCP 132 are identical in content.


MentorCoach MasterClasses


Intensive Group Coaching MasterClass

12 Wednesdays

Begins Wednesday, 4/22/09

12:00 to 12:59 PM Eastern (New York Time)

Faculty: Christine Martin, MBA, MCC 


Executive Coaching MasterClass

24 Tuesdays

Begins Tuesday, 3/17/09

7:00 - 7:59 PM Eastern (New York Time)
Faculty: Anne Durand, MCC


Positive Psychology and Strategic Career Design Coaching

24 Weeks

Spring 2009--Date To Be Determined

Faculty:  Kim Kirmmse Toth, LCSW, ACC










About Ben Dean -- Ben, Editor of Coaching Toward Happiness, is a coach,  psychologist, founder of MentorCoach, and... MORE.
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