Wellbeing books & resources

The following is a list of recommended books and resources on wellbeing. The Location(s) available column shows where these books are available, eg, from your local Christchurch City Library (CCL) and/or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC).

Books can be reserved online and checked out by visiting a CCL or MHERC. If a book is not available, a librarian may be able to suggest another book or place a hold on a book. To borrow or place a hold on a book, you must be a member of the library. MHERC can post books and other resources out to its users, including those living in rural areas, and will include a post-paid bag for returning books. Once read, books need to be returned to the library.

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CoverTitle & AuthorDescriptionYearLocation(s) available
Learned Optimism

By Martin E. P. Seligman
Subject: Optimism and self-help

Learned Optimism shows us how to stop automatically assuming guilt; how to get out of the habit of seeing the direst possible implications in every setback; how to be optimistic. With concrete examples Dr Seligman documents the effects of optimism on the quality of life, provides tests to determine the degree of our negative and positive orientation, and offers a program of specific exercises to help break the habit of pessimism and learn the habit of optimism for both ourselves and our children.
The Gifts of Imperfection

By C. Brené Brown
Subject: Self-esteem and self-acceptance

Brown offers exercises for readers to plumb their own emotions and begin to develop the kind of resilience needed to stand up to unrealistic expectations of others and ourselves.

By Kristin Neff
Subject: Compassion and self-acceptance

A book that teaches readers how to silence self-criticism and replace it with self-compassion in order to fulfil our highest potential and live happier, more fulfilled lives.

By Martin E. P. Seligman
Subject: Positive psychology

In this groundbreaking book, one of the world's foremost academic psychologists- and founder of the Positive Psychology movement- offers a new theory on what makes people flourish and how to truly get the most out of life. Eight years have passed since the publication of Dr Seligman's internationally bestselling Authentic Happiness. As a highly esteemed psychologist, Dr Seligman has been on the cutting edge of psychological research for over two decades, pioneering a science that improves people's lives. And now, with his most life-changing book yet, Flourish, he offers a new theory of individual satisfaction and global purpose. In a fascinating evolution of thought, Flourish, refines what Positive Psychology is all about and offers inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action- innovative schools that add resilience to their curricula, with a case study of Geelong Grammar in particular a new theory of success and intelligence; and evidence on how positive physical health can turn medicine on its head.
The Happiness Trap

By Russ Harris
Subject: Happiness

This book shows you how to apply (ACT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in your life to increase self-awareness, develop emotional intelligence, enhance relationships, create a sense of meaning and purpose, and transform painful thoughts and feelings so they have less impact in your life.

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

By Melanie Fennell
Subject: Self Esteem

If you are troubled by uncertainty and self-doubt, or have thoughts about yourself that are often critical, these beliefs can contaminate many aspects of your life, from your personal relationships to your work and leisure time. Your health and energy level may also be affected. Based on the clinically proven techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy, "Overcoming Low Self-Esteem" has been developed to help readers break out of the vicious cycle of self-destructive thinking. By learning the art of self-acceptance, readers can alter their lives for the better.

Boosting self-esteem for dummies

By Rhena Branch
Subject: Self Esteem

Whether you are someone who puts on a front or a shy, retiring type who frets about what other people think, this practical guide can help you to conquer insecurities, get assertive and let your inner strength shine through. Effective ways to record fluctuating moods and feelings * CBT techniques for stimulating self--encouragement * Advice on dealing with counter--productive comparisons * Guidance on tackling social

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