Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression

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Author: Miriam Akhtar
ISBN: 9781780281049.

Beat the blues for good with the clinically proven science of happiness

Expert author Miriam Akhtar explains how following the principles of Positive Psychology – cultivating positive emotions – can help you overcome depression and live a happier, more fulfilled life.

The book begins by explaining the principles of Positive Psychology, which include savouring positive events, expressing gratitude for everyday experiences we may take for granted, practising meditation, developing optimism and cultivating resilience in the face of difficulties. It then goes on to focus on how these principles can help people cope with one of the most widespread problems in society today – depression.

Akhtar explains, in friendly and accessible language, how Positive Psychology can help to prevent depression arising or, if you are already experiencing the blues, how the easy and straightforward exercises can reduce your symptoms and allow the sun to shine on your life once more. Throughout the book she brings these concepts to life by providing real-life case studies that show you how you can work her ideas into your daily routine.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    The first book about depression that hasn’t made me feel depressed. There are lots of simple and practical suggestions and exercises to do and Miriam shares her own experience. It does not read like a dreary textbook and each concept is explained in simple terms. A must read!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben Smith

    Miriam’s application of the positive psychology strategies and the examples she uses is excellent. If you want to help yourself achieve that virtuous spiral, then buy this book.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna Kent

    Mirian Akhtar’s excellent book breaks new ground. It is well-written, accessible and relfects the latest research of Positive Psychology. This very readable and thoroughly sensible book will help people manage their thinking and their lifestyle so that they reduce their current distress and reduce the risk of future distress.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is extremely readable and I would recommend it for anyone interested in positive psychology, mental health, or as a handbook if you are yourself depressed.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sujatha Karri

    A brilliantly practical book. Some tips seem a bit far fetched, but most are logical.

  6. Rated 3 out of 5

    Tara P

    I found that this book didn’t really add anything new and it wasn’t very useful. Probably better marketed for anyone who wants to be happier rather than for those with depression.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Susan D Poole

    Nice to read some strategies that offer a more positive approach to dealing with depression. Was very interesting.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lydia T

    I found that this book enabled me to obtain a happier outlook and it makes a happy future seem attainable

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Mitchell

    I found this book well written and easy to follow. It contains not just the theory but practical exercises. The reader is left in no doubt that positive psychology is a force for good in the world, not some re-packaged jaded self-help advice.

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