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Duckworth, A. (2016). Grit: The power of passion and perseverance.Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth suggests the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”
Waters, L. (2018). The strength switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Helps Your Child and Teen to Flourish.
This book reveals the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. By showing us how to throw the ‘strength switch’, Dr Lea Waters demonstrates how we can help our children build resilience, optimism and achievement.
Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: The psychology of optimum experience.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of optimal experience have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.
Seligman, M.E.P. (2009). Flourish.
Happiness on its own, doesn’t give life meaning. Martin Seligman shows how the five pillars of positive psychology work together to build a life of meaning and fulfilment. He calls it PERMA or positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment.
The How of Happiness (2008) by Sonja Lyubomirsky
A practical, empowering, and easy-to-follow workbook, incorporating happiness strategies, exercises in new ways of thinking, and quizzes for understanding our individuality, all in an effort to help us realize our innate potential for joy.
Dare to Lead (2018) by Brenē Brown
The ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts.
Mindset: The new psychology of success (2007) by Carol S. Dweck
The power of mindset this book shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed — are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed.
Ikigai (2017) by Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles
Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy)—the happiness of always being busy—as revealed by the daily habits of the world’s longest-living people. A quick and easy read with practical application to your life.
Here is a list of videos and TED Talks we recommend:
Brené Brown on vulnerability (University of Houston)
Brené Brown studies human connection – our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (University of London)
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership – starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers…
Dr Lucy Hone on 3 Secrets of Resilient People
Everyone experiences loss, but how do you cope with the tough moments that follow? Resilience researcher Lucy Hone shares three hard-won strategies for developing the capacity to brave adversity, overcome struggle and face whatever may come head-on with fortitude and grace.
The Happy Child App
The Happy Child – Parenting App grants you access to cutting-edge research and tips that will help you raise a happy, well-adjusted child. Years of ground-breaking research and findings in Psychology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics have been curated into one easy-to-use app
Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
Stress less. Sleep soundly. Get happy. Learn the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in a few minutes a day with Headspace. Choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from stress management and anxiety management to sleep, personal growth, and mind-body health.
Here is a list of websites we recommend:
https://www.sparx.org.nz/home#mm-4 (also as an app)