Evidence-based wellbeing books

Practising Positive Education: A Guide to Improve Wellbeing in Schools
Paula Robinson, PhD

More than 300 pages of research, models, resources, evidence-based activities and stories from the front lines of education bring the theory and practice of Positive Education to life.  Featuring new contributions from international experts in the field, this practical and accessible book is for educators, leaders, parents, policymakers, community groups, schools and universities.  Within its pages, summaries of international research findings are accompanied by powerful ideas and practical exercises to help you introduce Positive Education in your educational setting, home or workplace.

Bounce Back!
Toni Noble, PhD & Helen McGrath, PhD

Written by well-known Australian educators, psychologists and best-selling authors, Helen McGrath and Toni Noble, Bounce Back! provides practical strategies to improve student wellbeing and help students cope with the complexity of everyday life.  Bounce Back! is a whole school program from Foundation to Year 6 which provides students with the skills to ‘bounce back’ when they experience sadness, difficulties, frustrations and challenging times.

What Abi taught us
Lucy Hone, PhD

Lucy Hone's beloved 12-year-old daughter Abi was killed in 2014 in a devastating car accident in Canterbury that also claimed the lives of Abi's friend Ella and Ella's mother Sally.  Lucy works in the field of resilience psychology, helping ordinary people exposed to real-life traumatic situations. When faced with the incomprehensible fact of Abi's tragic death Lucy knew that she was fighting for the survival of her sanity and her family unit.  In What Abi Taught Us Lucy shares her story and research so that others can work to regain some sense of control and take action in the face of helpless situations.

Better than ok
Helen Street, PhD & Neil Porter

This is a book of up-to-date strategies for helping children—from their earliest years into adulthood—and is all about helping kids do more than just survive; these are strategies to help kids flourish. These solution-focused and easy-to-read essays are by 27 of the world’s top experts in positive education. Learn to help children develop a lifelong love of learning with this practical and positive guide. Contributors include Michael Carr-Gregg, Maggie Dent, Andrew Fuller, and Tim Sharp.

21 Days to a Happier Family
Justin Coulson, PhD

Family life is pretty tough going sometimes.  Most days are a struggle between strong-willed children and frazzled parents.  And while no parent (or child) wakes up in the morning saying, “Today’s the day I’m going to make everyone’s life hell!”, it sometimes feels like that by the end of the day.  21 Days to a Happier Family book is designed for busy parents who want their kids to be better, themselves to be calmer, and their family to be happier.

Developing Leaders for Positive Organizing: A 21st Century Repertoire for Leading in Extraordinary Times
Rob Koonce, Paula Robinson & Bernd Vogel

Leadership is not about individuals; it is a complex, relational, socially co-constructed and emergent process. This book brings together the latest thinking from business and positive psychology research to provide new insights into leadership, organizational development and change.

Practicing Positive Leadership: Tools and Techniques That Create Extraordinary Results
Kim Cameron

Plenty of research has been done on why companies go terribly wrong, but what makes companies go spectacularly right? That’s the question that Kim Cameron asked over a decade ago. Since then, Cameron and his colleagues have uncovered the principles and practices that set extraordinarily effective organizations apart from the merely successful.


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