From Surviving to Thriving: A Student's Guide
to Feeling and Doing well at University

Edited By

Christian van Nieuwerburgh and Paige Williams

From Surviving to Thriving: A Student's Guide to Feeling and Doing well at University, book cover and description.

Many universities around the world are seeing how they can use theories of positive psychology to help students cope well with the ever-increasing stresses of modern-day life and university.

This practical, hands-on book will help you understand, experience and put into practice skills and strategies to improve and sustain your wellbeing so that you can thrive throughout your time at university. With enough scientific theory and knowledge for you to understand why it works, our focus is on practical activities that will make a difference in your life.

Edited and authored by practising university teachers of the science of wellbeing, this textbook is essential reading for any student, whether you are studying positive psychology or just navigating university life. Each chapter explores a key area of positive psychology and provides activities to enhance your wellbeing and contribute to that of other people. Covering topics from identifying your strengths to mindfulness, and from dealing with adversity to the importance of play, this book will help you move from surviving to thriving at university.

From Surviving to Thriving: A Student's Guide to Feeling and Doing well at University is available to buy from your favorite bookseller and online internationally from Amazon.

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About The Editors

Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Christian van Nieuwerburgh is Professor of Positive Psychology and Coaching at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Global Director of Growth Coaching International. Previously he was a Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer within the Coaching Psychology programmes at the University of East London, one of the world's leading centres for the postgraduate study of coaching.

Seen as an international authority in the field of coaching, he has been invited to speak at conferences in the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East and regularly presents on the topics of coaching, motivation, mental toughness and leadership.

Dr. Paige Williams

Dr. Paige Williams is an author, researcher and PhD in Organisational Behaviour. Using a potent blend of positive psychology, neuroscience, and leadership, together with over 20 years of international business leadership experience; Dr. Williams helps leaders learn to thrive through disruption, challenge and change. A trusted advisor and mentor to leaders across business, government, education and beyond, she is passionate about making research real, relevant and relatable to the work that leaders do every day. Dr. Williams's other books include Becoming AntiFragile and Own It!: Honouring and Amplifying Accountability.

You can learn more about the transformative work of Dr. Paige Williams by visiting and you can connect with her online via LinkedIn.

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