Authentic Happiness

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Nicholas Brealey Publishing, Jan 11, 2011 - Self-Help - 338 pages
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

Contents

Preface
POSITIVE EMOTION
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
Love
Raising Children
Reprise and Summary
Meaning and Purpose
Terminology and Theory

Happiness in the Present
STRENGTH AND VIRTUE
Renewing Strength and Virtue
Acknowledgments
Endnotes Index
Copyright

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Martin Seligman PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Positive Psychology Network, gave the Centennial address to the British Psychological Society in 2002 and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cardiff. A former President of the American Psychological Association, he has written 20 books including the bestselling Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness and in 2009 was awarded the British Academy s Wiley Prize in Psychology. He is widely considered the pre-eminent expert on applied psychology in the world.

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