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About the Author

Bridget Grenville-Cleave : Bridget Grenville-Cleave is a founder member of the International Positive Psychology Association.

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Product Details

  • Series: Introducing
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848312776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848312777
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathryn Britton on April 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is distinctly small, not much bigger than the size of my hand and lighter than a medium-sized sandwich.

That may seem like a strange way to start a review. But I find the book's size a great plus. A book that is lighter than a sandwich is easy to take along in a pocket or purse, readily available whenever I have a few minutes free. In the grocery store line? Open it up and read one of the insets.

This is a great book for people who want to put positive psychology to work in their own lives, or those of family members, clients, or colleagues. It contains 22 short chapters starting with What is happiness? and ending with Where next? In between appear many of the prominent topics in positive psychology: savoring, resilience, gratitude, positive relationships, optimism, emotional intelligence, character strengths, mindfulness, mindsets, motivation, and so on. The chapters are short, on average 9 pages long. They are written in accessible language for the lay reader, summarizing points made by leading researchers and illustrating topics with brief but believable stories. Each chapter ends with a section labeled Things to Remember that brings the main points of the chapter quickly back to mind.

Numerous insets make it an easy book to dip into. They include:

- 50 activities labeled Try it now!

- 4 case studies, each a story of a particular individual applying one or more of the concepts in the book in a particular situation.

- 8 questions for contemplation labeled Think about it! Some are accompanied by surprising facts.

- 2 sets of Useful tips

This little book that fits so easily into a pocket or purse is loaded with practical ideas and interesting questions.
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I'm only up to chapter 20, but I love the book and the concepts. I can use the info right now and soon with my clients. I'm already sharing with my friends and colleagues and am getting positive responses. I can't wait to read the rest.
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I love how this book is laid out when it comes to different aspects of positive psychology. This book has helped me tremendously when it comes to planning topics for my positive psychology groups.
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I liked this little book. It was s quick read with practical things you can implent in your life, if you really are looking to change. I definitely recommend for someone who is interested in reading a little fun book to positive psychology.
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This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in positive psychology. Even though the book is small and a very easy read it contains a wealth of very practical and informative concepts of positive psychology. Included in each chapter are exercises that focus on the "how to" of the content of the chapter. Also, the chapter summaries are helpful.
Introducing positive psychology: A practical guide by Bridget Grenville-Cleave is already a valued resource to my library.
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A very small book (virtually pocket-sized), but an excellent introduction to an important subject. Written in conversational style, it's an easy read, and good little reference tool.
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This is a book which covers the subjects in a brief and precise manner. Not too much not too little. Recommended to everybody.
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Quite a good summary of a broad body of knowledge.

I used this as road map to explore pockets of research on Positive Psychology. It pointed me to in good directions!
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