Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment


In Authentic Happiness, the bestsellingauthor of Learned Optimism introduces the revolutionary, scientifically based idea of “Positive Psychology.” Positive Psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, asserting that happines is not the result of good genes or luck. Happiness can be cultivated by identifying and using many of the strengths and traits that listeners already possess — including kindness, originality, humor, optimism, and generosity. By frequently calling upon their “signature strengths,” listeners will develop natural buffers against misfortune and the eXperience of negative emotion — elevating their lives to a fresh, more positive plane.Drawing on grounbreaking psychological research, Seligman shows how the Positive Psychology is shifting the profession’s paradigm away from its narrow-minded focus on pathology, victimology, and mental illness to positive emotion, virtue and strength, and positive institutions. Our signature strengths can be nurtured throughout our lives, yelding benefits to health, relationships and careers. Seligman provides the “Signature Strength Survey” that can be used to measure how much positive emotion listeners experience, in order to help determine what their highest strengths are. Authentic Happiness shows us how to identify the very best in ourselves, so we can achieve new and sustainable levels of authentic contentment, gratification, and meaning.

Author:Martin Seligman


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