Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression, Self-help Strategies for Happiness, Inner Strength & Well-being


This book is the first self-help guide worldwise to using positive psychology’s evidence-based tools to overcome mild-to-moderate depression. These scientifically-grounded practices are known to increase happiness and well-being but they also have a very desirable side-effect – they have been proven to reduce the symptoms of depression.

Positive psychology offers a new approach to depression. These tools can be used as a natural way to boost the mood in the short term and build resilience to depression over the long term. They help to overcome mild-to-moderate depression and can be used alongside other forms of treatment in recovery from depression. The chapter titles show you which areas of positive psychology are useful in overcoming depression.

“Miriam Akhtar introduces a major breakthrough in the treatment of depression.” Dr Chris Johnstone, GP & Psychologist

1:    The Positive Psychology Approach to Depression
2:    The Positive Psychology of Happiness
3.    Positive Emotions
4.    Savouring the Moment
5.    The Attitude of Gratitude
6.    Meditation – The Mindful Approach
7.    Learning Optimism – Self-Defence for the Mind
8.    Resilience – The Road to Recovery
9.    Positive Relationships – Other People Matter
10. Vitality – Body & Mind
11. Strengths – The Authentic You
12. Positive Directions – The Way Ahead

“Miriam Akhtar’s excellent book breaks new ground, being the first self-help guide for depression that is based on Positive Psychology. It is well-written, accessible and reflects the latest research that applies Positive Psychology (which is often referred to as ‘happiness science’) to helping people who are in emotional distress.” Prof Neil Frude, founder of Books on Prescription

“If I was going to buy one book on positive psychology to treat depression, bookintotnesI’d choose an author who’d been properly trained as a positive psychologist, who knows how to write in an engaging and accessible way, and who understands, first-hand, the challenges of depression. In short,I’d choose Miriam.” Dr Phil Hammond, GP & Comedian

“For many years I have recommended “Mind Over Mood,” to my clinical psychology trainees as the psychological treatment manual of choice. Miriam Akhtar has now written a very credible depression treatment manual, based on the principles of positive psychology. I am sure that this book will go on to become one of the few other classics in this field… Highly recommended!” Prof Jerome Carson, Clinical Psychologist

“A wonderful set of ideas and techniques that can help reduce depression and build happiness. They’re simple, engaging, practical and – most importantly- they’re all based on evidence from the latest positive psychology research,so we know they really work” Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness

The book has achieved an average rating of 5 stars on Amazon. Here are some comments from reader’s reviews.

“Miriam uses the scientific findings from positive psychology to suggest freehugsstrategies which can help people with depression in an insightful way. The 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.”

This is just what I needed… A book that helps me to turn my life around, is research based but has not lost its’ humanity. Superb doesn’t really cover it.”

“This is the first book I’ve read about depression that hasn’t made me feel depressed. It’s uplifting, inspiring, hopeful, often amusing and of course – positive. I urge everyone to read it, not just people who have been or are depressed. As Miriam explains, the Positive Psychology aspect of this book isn’t just about getting out of depression, it’s about moving into a positive emotional state – happiness!”

“You don’t need to be depressed to benefit from this book. It’s full of realistic techniques to help you flourish and reach your potential in life, whatever your emotional starting point.”

The book is part of a study on bibliotherapy – books as therapy. The first readerPPODresults have shown that the book does help people to overcome depression and improve their well-being. You can read more about the study here.

“Hello Miriam, I’ve just finished re-reading your book about PP and overcoming depression. Thank you so much for your work. More than anything else in the last twenty years this has given me hope again. I’m seeing real progress.”

Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression has a number of foreign-language editions in the pipeline – Japanese, Spanish and Czech. Already out are editions in French, French for Canada and Portuguese (2nd edition).