11 Books That’ll Help You Become a More Positive, Happy-Go-Lucky Person

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1. Positive by Paige Rawl, Ali Benjamin and Jay Asher

Positive is the ground-breaking story of Paige Rawl and her experience being ruthlessly bullied in middle school. It sheds light on the long-term affects and pains that those who are bullied endure, in addition to bringing light to the strength and hope one gains after surviving such vicious happenings.

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2. Positive Thinking Every Day by Norman Vincent Peale

This is a cult classic in the world of positivity books and for good reason! It encompasses life changing ways to alter the way you think, harp on, and interpret any kind of situation that may happen to you, or those around you, especially the negative ones.

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3. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

Most of us have had to accept or take on specific job or task that we would’ve done everything to avoid. Truth is, however, that nobody gets a free pass or promise in this life that everything will be peachy 24/7. The Happiness Advantage tackles these not so peachy moments that we may encounter at work and how to turn them into situations that can benefit us rather than hinder us.

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4. The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story About Staying Positive and Overcoming Negativity by Jon Gordon

A great children’s book that teaches kids how to react to negative situations in a more positive way. This would be great to read to your Pre-K through 3rd grade class if you’re a teacher and also just a helpful book to have to instill mature and responsible actions into your kids.

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5. Empowering Excellence: Creating Positive, Invigorating Classrooms in a Common Core Environment by Jeff Halstead

Everyone may not agree with the testing and details of how our educational systems have been functioning, though Empowering Excellence focuses more so on the overall well-being of the students who are learning, rather than what they scored on a specific test. A great read if you are a part of the education profession.

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6. Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor

Yes, we all want to be happy and live as many days as we can fully relishing in that happiness, though what foundations create happiness? Everyone has those things that bring them instant joy, though what happens when those things just don’t do it for us anymore? Before Happiness teaches readers how to build what roots their joy and happiness from the bottom up, thus creating a more stable positive attitude and way of living.

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7. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

You may have seen the children’s version of Jon Gordon’s book earlier on this list, though here is the version that best suits adults and young adults. The author discusses his ten rules that will help you bring out the very best in you, allow you to reach your full potential, as well as naturally bringing out the best in those around you.

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8. Good Morning: 365 Positive Ways to Start Your Day by Brook Noel

A simple devotional-like book that offers tips and advice for how to allow more positivity into your life every day of your life.

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9. The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change by Jon Gordon

Anyone can learn the linguistics of how to best react to a certain situation, what to say, how to say it, etc., though the true test is when you are, in fact, faced with the challenge and have to respond accordingly. The Shark and the Goldfish offers reasonable advice on how to deal with life’s obstacles as they come to you and ultimately teaches how to sink or swim in a world that is always facing a wave.

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10. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Changing Your Life through Positive Thinking by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Ah, who doesn’t remember all the various types of Chicken Soup books that have graced our shelves for the past 23 years? In case you haven’t, the Chicken Soup for the Soul books are a collection of books that are each specified for a specific group of people, situations they may be facing, emotions they may be enduring, and the list goes on and one. The founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have, on average, released about 12 books per year since they first began writing them. This Chicken Soup primarily focuses on all things good and positive. It offers 101 unique real-life stories of those who have gone through some of the most harrowing of hardships and have learned to view what they have endured through a positive lens.

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11. Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook by Elaine Fox

Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain offers readers advice on how to ‘train’ your brain to react and think more positive thoughts, possess more positive outlooks and ultimately, how to not look for the worst in situations and people. Negative thoughts will come, though it’s all about how you react to them.

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