Happy Teacher




“Nice book to read even if you’re not a teacher.”

“The book is an entertaining, research-based, easy read. It has lots of practical advice. Well worth reading!”

“The book is an entertaining, research-based, easy read. It has lots of practical advice. Well worth reading!”

Teaching got you feeling down? Have the stresses of the job made it harder for you to be happy at work? Do you wish you could find the joy you hoped for when you started what you thought would be a long and fulfilling career?

Teaching is a rewarding job. It’s also exhausting and stressful. Today’s teachers face challenges their predecessors never did. High-stakes testing, legislative attacks, and loss of autonomy in the classroom have made the job harder and less enjoyable. It’s challenging to be a happy teacher these days.

But you can be one! By applying the latest scientific research on happiness to your job in the classroom, you can be the teacher you always thought you would be. You will look forward to going to work, have more energy when you’re there, and be the happy teacher every student wants and deserves.

In this book, you will learn:

  • What makes teachers unhappy at work
  • The mistakes teachers make when pursuing happiness at school
  • What science says about how teachers can be happier in the classroom

Based on the latest research from the field of positive psychology, Happy Teacher will arm you with the knowledge and strategies you need to add a pep to your step and a smile to your face. You’ll be happier at school. Your students will be happier in your classroom. And your colleagues will ask you how you did it!

The books below were the best I read on the topic and provided much of the source material. If you’d like to investigate the topic more fully, I recommend starting with these.

The Happy Teacher is available on Amazon. 

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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 in 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 sciency and more fun, Rubin puts the science 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 the 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.