In this important, entertaining book, one of the world's most celebrated psychologists, Martin Seligman, asserts that happiness can be learned and cultivated, and that everyone has the power to inject real joy into their lives. In Authentic Happiness, he describes the 24 strengths and virtues unique to the human psyche. Each of us, it seems, has at least five of these attributes, and can build on them to identify and develop to our maximum potential. By incorporating these strengths - which include kindness, originality, humour, optimism, curiosity, enthusiasm and generosity -- into our everyday lives, he tells us, we can reach new levels of optimism, happiness and productivity. Authentic Happiness provides a variety of tests and unique assessment tools to enable readers to discover and deploy those strengths at work, in love and in raising children.
By accessing the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and lasting levels of authentic contentment and joy.
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I'd known about Seligmman's work for quite some time. I first started taking questionnaires at his website back in 2008. The fact that three years later, I still haven't taken them all, should be a ... Read full review
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An Aristotelian approach to psychology The basic idea behind positive psychology is that, rather than solely treating mental disease and alleviating negative symptoms, the field of psychology should ... Read full review
Positive Feeling and Positive Character
How Psychology Lost Its Way and I Found Mine
Why Bother to Be Happy?
Can You Make Yourself Lastingly Happier?
Satisfaction about the Past
Optimism about the Future
Your Signature Strengths
IN THE MANSIONS OF LIFE
Work and Personal Satisfaction
Reprise and Summary
Meaning and Purpose
Terminology and Theory
Happiness in the Present
STRENGTH AND VIRTUE
Renewing Strength and Virtue