What are some useful resources (books, videos) for positive thinking?

If you want to instill some positive thinking in your daily life, here are three books, a video, and a 3-step guide for improving your mindset.

BOOKS

  • Choose the Life You Want: The Way To Lasting Happiness Moment by Moment by Tal Ben-Shahar: practical suggestions on how to implement positive psychology in your daily life, for example in school, the workplace, and in your personal relationships.
  • Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal for Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment (also) by Tal Ben-Shahar: this is a guided journal (think of it as a happiness workbook) with exercises to inspire happiness, gratitude, and positivity in your daily life.
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck: a book that focuses on how the view we adopt for ourselves – positively or negatively – profoundly affects the way we lead our life. Dweck explains the difference between a fixed mindset (believing that our qualities are set in stone, for example thinking we were “born pessimists” and won’t ever be happy) and growth mindset (believing that we can change our qualities through our efforts, for example thinking we can learn the tools to become happier).

VIDEO

PRACTICAL NEXT STEPS

OK. So now you read Carol Dweck’s book Mindset. What next? If you want to implement the concepts you learned, read this post on the 3 steps you can take (with real-life examples) to change your mindset for the better:

  • Change how you view success
  • Change how you view failure
  • Take charge of your success
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