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mindful.org

Mindful is an online magazine packed with great information on both the science and practice of mindfulness as well as news about the ever-growing mindfulness movement.

mindfulexperience.org

The mindfulness research guide produces a free monthly newsletter detailing the latest research publications as well as a providing a summary of each month’s highlights.

greatergood.berkeley.edu

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley, is a regularly updated information source on the latest scientific research in positive psychology and related fields, presenting information on the science of gratitude, altruism, empathy, compassion, forgiveness and mindfulness.

This is a wonderful introduction to mindfulness. The book contains an 8-week course that the reader can follow using accompanying CDs and the first few chapters give a highly readable introduction to the psychology and neuroscience underpinning mindfulness.

Written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and one of the most important figures in bringing mindfulness into the Western scientific mainstream, Wherever You Go, There You Are is a beautifully written introduction to mindfulness.

Full Catastrophe Living draws on Kabat-Zinn’s experience of developing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts, and provides an in-depth summary of his approach and thinking.

Written by one of the world’s most revered mindfulness teachers – Thich Nhat Hanh – The Miracle of Mindfulness is at once simple, poetic and powerful. It also happens to be the favourite book of the current head of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim.

This is the manual for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy – the 8-week mindfulness course developed to treat recurrent depression and recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. It contains detailed lesson plans for all sessions of the programme as well as valuable discussions on key teaching skills such as guiding practices and the inquiry process.

Developed as a “manual of the sanities”, Character Strengths and Virtues is positive psychology’s version of psychiatry’s Diagnostical and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It aims to be a scientific classification of those human qualities that we value and recognise as fundamental to living life well. Howard Gardner, the developmental psychologist who developed the theory of multiple intelligences described this focus on human strengths and virtues as “one of the most important initiatives in psychology in the past half century.”

Mindsight explores cutting edge neuroscience to develop an understanding of the human mind that is not reduced to merely the activity of the brain but inextricably connected to the body and the minds of other people. Daniel Siegel argues that mindsight – the unique human ability to be aware of what is happening in our minds as it happens – is key to mental and emotional health.

Love 2.0, explores the new scientific understanding of the processes of human connection, showing that we can think of love as any moment of mutually shared positive emotion. In this book, Fredrickson also provides instructions on practising loving-kindness meditation.

Positivity summarises 15 years of research on the value and function of positive emotions. Professor Barbara Fredrickson shows that positive emotions not only feel good, they are essential to our flourishing enhancing our health, psychological resilience, cognitive flexibility, and social relationships.