20 of the Best Positive Psychology Blogs of 2012

November 14th, 2012 - Posted by in Blog, Happier Life

Yes, its that time of year again…. ‘best of’ 2012 – year in review blog posts, start appearing everywhere – even including here, on your new favourite blog – happier.co.uk (you’ve bookmarked us already, right?).

For any geeks out there – I recommend checking out Time’s best inventions of 2012 if not already – well that is, after you’ve read our round up of the best positive psychology blogs of 2012 and checked out the featured sites – signed up for their awesome newsletters for inspiration, and practical strategies to increase your psychological well-being throughout 2013.

Why do a best of positive psychology blog roundup and not a review of the craziest inventions of 2012, you ask? In a nutshell, positive psych is a study of what makes a life worth living and here on Happier our core mission is to help you live a happier life – be it through helping you save money (learn more) or through sharing information and knowledge that can help improve your life. So with that here are 20 of the best positive psychology blogs of 2012 that helped people thrive

20. Just One Minute

Just One Minute is a blog by Rick Hanson author of the amazing Buddha’s Brain – On this blog Rick shares one minute videos every week. The video collection forms a “year of practice” and you are invited to participate – along with the accompanying book Just One Thing.

Both the book and blog show you down-to-earth ways to build up a “buddha brain” for more peace of mind in stressful times, develop greater inner strength and confidence, and an unshakeable sense of contentment and worth.

For more information about Dr. Hanson, and the book – check out this great interview Dr. H did with Tiny Buddha.


19. The Psychology of Wellbeing

This is not the first time The Psychology of Wellbeing has been featured on the Happier blog – we included Jeremy McCarthy’s blog in our recent roundup of of blogs that can help you live a happier life. On the blog Jeremy explores ideas around the application of psychology to holistic wellbeing.

If you are looking to keep on top of the latest research in the fields of wellness and psychology – it’s worth subscribing to TPOW’s RSS feed.


18. Motivational Memo

Motivational Memo is run by Peter G. James Sinclair a ‘heart to heart resuscitation’ specialist. His mission is to pursue ‘uniquity’ in all that he does, and in the process help others to discover their own uniqueness. On the blog you will discover content that will energise and activate you to reach beyond your fullest potential.


17. The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project is run by Gretchen Rubin – an American author and blogger. She is the author of the best selling The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – the blog covers her adventures as she test-drives the studies and theories about how to be happier.


16. Happyologist

If you’re curious about what fuels success and how to attain it (happiness), Happyologist is the blog for you. Susanna Halonen blogs bout her experiences, insights and best practices she’s come across in the hopes of inspiring you to achieve your best. As an accredited coach, Susanna offers coaching over the phone, Skype and face-to-face.


15. Dave Shearon

Dave Shearon Dave Shearon focuses on changing legal education, lawyering, and K-12 education through helping others apply positive psychology. Updated irregularly (it’s included here as the content is thought provoking and uplifting) with posts like Smartphones, Mindfulness, the Masters & Intelligence and on pursuing great goals – you should definitely add this blog to your RSS feed reader.


14. Less Wrong

Not really a positive psychology blog, but definitely worth including here – Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. If you want to dig right into the science on how to be happier? – you could do no wrong checking this link out first.

For those that have never read any Less Wrong before – probably best to start with the sequences (a sequence is a series of multiple posts on the same topic). Potentially the most important sequence on Less Wrong is – How To Actually Change Your Mind. Still here? If you want to have your mind blown – check out Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky, founder of LW.


13. Shruken Mind

Shrunken-Mind-Latest-Positive-Psychology-Tools-w-John-Schinnerer Shruken Mind is the blog of John Schinnerer, a nationally recognized speaker and an award-winning author on positive psychology. When not blogging on Shruken Mind – he provides scientifically supported coaching and organizational consulting to people who want to reach their personal and professional potential.

After suffering through his own anger, anxiety and depression, John spent the past 20 years mastering the latest tools to go from emotionally challenged to emotional expert. Learn from his journey...


12. The Good Vibe Blog

Manifesting-with-the-Law-of-Attraction-at-Jeannette-Maw-s-Good-Vibe-BlogThese are Good Times! Join Jeannette Maw, the Good Vibe Coach, for positive psychology strategies to help you become as happy, healthy, and fulfilled as possible.

When not blogging, you can find Jeannette running the Good Vibe University or offering expert 1-1 coach support that can help reveal blocks you’re not seeing and clear obstacles keeping you from getting what you want.


11. Your Life your Way

The blog of Tia Sparkles – Your life Your Way covers life design, self empowerment and multi passionsim! (a life design approach to using your multiple passions to live the life you want).

Say No to ‘shoulds’ – restrictions and living a life someone else wants for you! Start living lief your way.


10. Working with Act

Working with Act is a blog for people with an interest in using the latest in behavioural science to improve their performance, resilience and wellbeing at work. Written by a leading coach, Rachel Collis, and psychologist Rob Archer – the blog is designed to help you make positive change in your lives using evidence-based techniques.


9. Enchanted Self

Enchanted Self is a written by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein. She has been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts since 1981. On the blog you’ll find information to help you put the passion back into living your life so that you can reclaim what is rightfully yours: Happiness.


8. Alice Boyes

Dr. Alice Boyes shares practical tips on how to increase your personal and relationship happiness. A self confessed science geek – she delves into the the science of being happier – mining all of the latest and greatest research literature in the positive psychology space.

If you want to understand yourself better, reduce your problems, and help you find the tools and information that will help you have more self-acceptance and enable you to live a rich, meaningful and happy life – subscribe to the blog.


7. Sources of Inspiration

Sources of Insight is for people with a passion for more from life. This blog by J.D. Meier – will help you learn skills to pay the bills and lead a better life. The blog features flagship content, that put a focus on mind, body, emotions, career, finance, relationships, and fun, as well as topics like leadership, personal development, and emotional intelligence.


6. Motivatah

The Motivatah blog offers Positive Encouragement to live a Life of Meaning, Happiness, and Purpose. The blog shares this information to help others to be successful in life. What I love about this blog you get to read the life journey of the author – and receive their insights derived from life experience.

“Embrace The Endings, As They Are Always The Beginning In An Infinite Universe” – Motivatah


5. Conscious Living

This is a great positive psychology blog by 18 year old Bilal Kamoon on Conscious Living and how to live a life of purpose.

Subscribe for inspired posts such as “96 Things Life Is Too Short to Waste Doing” and “28 Funny Quotes to Brighten Your Day” – and make reading Bilal’s blog part of your morning inspiration routine.


5. Positive Psychology News

Positive Psychology News Daily provides the latest news about happiness, the “science of happiness,” and positive psychology. Their goal is to be your fun, collaborative place for a research-based daily boost of happiness.

The blog is authored by alumni or students at the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programs as well as distinguished guest bloggers.


4. Live Life Love Project

Some blogs last a few weeks – if they find an audience, some blogs last a few years – if they build a strong and active community around their content to support their work, only a few (the 1%?) will last for 25 years…

Michael Rucker’s blog – Live Life Love Project was started at the end of 2007, to publicly commit and document 25 years of self-development and self-discovery. Michael has dedicated himself to reaching out to 100 thought leaders in the area of wellness and fitness and 100 thought leaders in the area of entrepreneurship and business, two people each quarter of the Project (resulting in 200 interviews in total). I know “epic” is overused on the Internet. But we need a new, epic-er word to do this blog project justice – beyond epic?

Check out the latest update – the end of the fifth year of the Live Life Love Project (volume twenty).


3. Oliver Burkeman

Author of the The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking – Oliver Burkeman makes the argument that the pursuit of happiness is making us miserable. On Burkemans’ blog you’ll find less positive psychology more harnessing of negative psychology strategies. You’ll also find gems of posts on self-help culture, productivity and the science of happiness (as well as unprovoked attacks on The Secret).


2. The Happiness Experiment

Using the science of positive psychology to create perfectly controlled explosions of joy – The Happiness Experiment blog shares personal experiences with the science of positive psychology. The aim of the site is to teach you how a little bit of experimentation can significantly increase both your own happiness and the happiness of others.


1. Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. The blog covers 7 main themes – gratitude, altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, happiness and mindfulness. You’ll find resources, quizzes (guys dont take this test infront of your SO – especially when she learns you think everywoman is flirting with you!), as well as world class videos on The Science of a Meaningful Life.


That’s a wrap – I hope you enjoyed this post and found it of value? If you did feel free to spread the love and share on twitter.

If you think I’m missing a valuable resource / blog that should be on this list? Would be amazing if you could share it in the comments below…

Lastly, like to finish of this post – thanking all of the bloggers and positive psychologists included in this blog roundup. Thanks for sharing your research and findings!

  • http://www.aliceboyes.com Dr Alice Boyes

    Thanks for including me on this list! What a great resource. I like the Greater Good site too (your No. 1 pick).

  • http://workingwithact.com/ Rob Archer

    Thanks for including us too. This is an excellent list with some brilliant authors – we’re honoured to be included!

    Rob Archer (Working with ACT)

  • http://goodvibeblog.com Jeannette

    This IS a great list! A couple of these I know of and already follow, several I didn’t and am happy to learn about. Thanks for compiling the list, and including Good Vibe Blog on it! :)

  • http://www.happyologist.co.uk/ Susanna @Happyologist

    Thanks for including Happyologist on the list! So excited to be in there with all the other inspirational blogs.
    A great list to share :)

  • http://www.seanmccolgan.com Sean McColgan

    Dr Alice Boyes, Rob, Jeannette and Susanna – I really appreciate you all dropping a comment, and am glad you liked the list.

    Thanks for sharing your research / insights on your blogs!

  • http://www.reflectwhoiam.com Marci Hower

    I’d like to add another blog to your list http://www.wishfulthinkingworks.com!

    I love this blog. The writing style is fun and inspiring. It guides you without telling you what to do, and it has worked wonders in my life. I hope you list it for your other readers to get as much enjoyment out of it as I do.


    • Sean McColgan

      Hey Marci- Thanks for sharing! What a great addition to the list.

  • Mat Rawsthorne

    Could you update this with links to the twitter accounts of the authors please that’d be really helpful. @RawsthorneMat

  • http://www.uncomfortableoptimist.com Michael Corayer

    Great list! Thanks for sharing these, it’s always good to find some new blogs to follow!

  • http://www.uncomfortableoptimist.com Michael Corayer

    Though I did notice that there are actually 21 blogs listed here, so I guess we get a bonus! (There are two #5s)

    • Sean McColgan

      ha good spot – thanks Michael! Just checked out your blog – great insights!

  • Bill

    This is exactly the 4th article, of urs I personally read through.
    However I like this specific 1, “20 of the Best Positive Psychology Blogs of 2012 | Happier.
    co.uk” the most. Thank you -Simon

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