Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Ed Diener and Robert Biswas- Diener.

“Happiness is more than simply an emotion…There is also a cognitive or thinking component to well-being”. This book explores both components, drawing on fascinating research into the mysteries of the human mind. Written by my favourite positive psychology researcher – Robert Biswas- Diener – Happiness is a constant source of inspiration in my facilitation and coaching work.

Happiness tackles many questions about what causes people to experience happiness. It gives new insights into questions such as if – or how – money makes people happy. However, the book looks at more than just physical and financial wealth. It takes an in-depth look at recent research findings on topics such as spirituality, engagement, well-being and social relationships.

Divided into four parts, the book explains the concept of psychological wealth. It also discusses why happy people function better overall. It ends with questions and surveys that allow you to measure your own psychological wealth. To me, the best feature of Happiness is the range of research snippets it contains. If you’re looking for evidence-based concepts to include in your well-being programs, you will find them in this accessible book.


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About the author of this review

Eleanor Shakiba is a master trainer and coach. She works with talented professionals in highly technical fields. Her passion is teaching ‘positive deviants’ to think positively and communicate constructively. A specialist in the field of Positive Psychology, Eleanor is also qualified in Social Anthropology, Counselling, Coaching, Adult Education and Neuro Linguistic Programming.