IPEN's Top Books of the Year

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The International Positive Education Network is a newly formed research organization designed to encourage scholarly research and engage in practical implementation of positive psychology ideas in the classroom.

Its steering committee includes some of the most prominent names in the field of positive education and positive psychology, including Martin Seligman, James Pawelski and Angela Duckworth. Live Happy is proud to be a partner and sponsor of IPEN, and the research they commission.

“The current paradigm of education values academic attainment above all other goals,” says James O’Shaughnessy, a London-based education entrepreneur who chairs IPEN. “We believe the DNA of education is a double helix of two intertwined strands—academics, and character and well-being, which complement one another and are mutually reinforcing.”

“The current paradigm of education values academic attainment above all other goals,” says James O’Shaughnessy, a London-based education entrepreneur who chairs the IPEN steering committee. “We believe the DNA of education is a double helix of two intertwined strands—academics, and character and well-being, which complement one another and are mutually reinforcing.” - See more at: http://www.success.com/article/what-if-schools-graded-character-and-valu...

For those passionate about psychology, education and innovation, we present IPEN's list of the best books of 2014.

Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success by Scott Seider

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Opposable Mind: Winning Through Integrative Thinking by Roger Martin

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel by Sun-Mi Hwang (translated from Korean by Chi-Young Kim)

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Intelligent Virtue by Julia Annas