Happy Teacher

I’m nearly finished with the first draft of my second book, Happy Teacher.  I should have some cover options to show off in the next couple of days. If you’d like to provide feedback on them, check back here probably early next week.

The book is about applying the growing body of research on happiness to the classroom so that teachers experience more joy at work. The books below were the best I read on the topic and provided much of the source material. They were all fantastic reads and you’ll quickly see how much of the science can be applied to teaching.

Happy Teacher should be available in Kindle and print form in late April.

Clicking on the image will take you to the Amazon link for the book.

A great overview of many surprising findings in happiness research. Gilbert is easy to read and often funny.

 Full of energy, fast-paced, and packed with great information without getting bogged down with too much science.

 The self-proclaimed first book to explain the science behind happiness. The author is cited in nearly every other happiness book I read and in many online articles.

 If you’ve ever wondered why you’re so tired after teaching or why you reach for the worst foods after a long day and you want to know what to do about it, this is the book to read.

 The author cites some of his own interesting work on happiness as well as many other studies. He also includes links to videos of interviews with experts on happiness. His Mental Chatter exercise led to fascinating insights about the surprising things people think about.

 The second book by the well-respected Lyubomirsky. This one looks at the misconceptions people have about what will make them happy.

 Less science and more fun, Rubin puts the research and conventional wisdom about happiness to the test as she spends one year on her happiness project. A funny, easy read.

 No new ground is broken here, but Smith references many interesting studies that led to further research and insights.

 Not marketed as a book about happiness, being an essentialist is essential for teachers. I especially pulled a lot from the chapter on saying no. If you’re stretched too thin and feel like there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it, read this book.

Written by the founder of positive psychology, Martin Seligman revisits and updates the ideas he first introduced in his seminal work, Authentic Happiness.
 A book every school leader needs to read, The Levity Effect is a business book about how having more fun at work leads to happier and more productive employees. The most successful businesses in the world are those where the employees are happiest. If your school is drab and you want to liven it up, get this book in people’s hands.


I am, once again, partnering with Angela Watson to help promote her 40-Hour Teacher Workweek Club. It’s an online professional development program that has already helped more than 32,000 teachers take control of their time and stay focused on what matters most. The next cohort starts in July, and the Club has been updated to cover emerging best practices for the changes ahead. Click here to join!

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