Optimism is a hopeful, positive outlook on the future, yourself, and the world around you. It is a key part of resilience, the inner strength that helps you get through tough times. Optimism helps you see, feel, and focus on the positive things that surround you. It has significant benefits for your long term health and wellbeing.
This section contains any handouts from the Optimise Your Potential Programme related to Optimism and additional resources if you would like to explore any areas in more depth. Be sure to check back often as we will keep this section updated as new research and tools come to hand.


Happiness and Positivity:


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Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom. By Rick Hanson. New Harbinger Publications (2009) https://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/Buddhas-Brain-The-Practical-Neuroscience-of-Happiness-Love-and-Wisdom-Paperback/3487479

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel Siegel (2010) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Mindsight-Daniel-J-Siegel/9781921844997

Power Up Your Brain: David Perlmutter, Hay House (2012) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Power-Up-Your-Brain-David-Perlmutter-Alberto-Villoldo/9781401928186



Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert Emmons.  (2007) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Thanks-Department-of-Psychology-Robert-Emmons/9780547085739



Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson (2013) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Hardwiring-Happiness-Rick-Hanson/9780385347310 

The Happiness Equation Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Parischa (2016) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Happiness-Equation-Neil-Pasricha/9780399169472

The How of Happiness.  Sonja Lyubomirsky, Penguin Press (2007) http://thehowofhappiness.com/

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin Seligman, Free Press (2002) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Authentic-Happiness-Martin-Seligman/9781864713022

Choose the Life You Want 101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar (2012) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Choose-Life-You-Want-Tal-Ben-Shahar/9781615191956

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar, McGraw Hill 2007 http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Happier-Tal-Ben-Shahar/9780071492393

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth By Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, Wiley-Blackwell (2008) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Happiness-Ed-Diener-Richard-Lucas/9781405146616


Positive Emotions:

Love 2.0 by Barbara Frederickson (2013) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/c/Books/q/Love+2+0+How+Our+Supreme+Emotion+Affects+Everything+We+Feel+Think+Do+and+Become?rid=654260555

Positivity by  Barbara Frederickson (2010) http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Positivity-Barbara-Fredrickson/9781851687909



Three Good Things: Find out about the Three Good Things Gratitude Exercise – how to do it and why it works here: http://www.actionforhappiness.org/take-action/find-three-good-things-each-day 

Practicing Gratitude Daily: Find out more about ways of practicing gratitude and why it works here: http://www.actionforhappiness.org/take-action/thank-the-people-youre-grateful-to 

Daily Gratitude Ideas: Download (PDF)


Random Acts of Kindness – Find more ideas here https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas

Ten Keys To Happier Living Guidebook (extended Five Ways to Wellbeing Framework) http://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/454319/ten_keys_guidebook.pdf