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Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman

Authentic Happiness

Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

by Martin Seligman

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In "Authentic Happiness," the bestselling author of "Learned Optimism" introduces the revolutionary, scientifically based idea of "Positive Psychology." Positive Psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, asserting that happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Happiness can be cultivated by identyfying 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 place.

Drawning on groundbreaking psychological research, Seligman shows how 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 strengthts can be nurtured throughout our lives, yielding benefits to our health, relationships, and careers.

Seligman provides the "Signature Strengths 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 how to identify the very best in ourselves, so we can achieve new and sustainable levels of authentic contentment, gratification, and meaning.

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Mathematical Formula for True Happiness.
Reviewer Susan Schneider
 May 21, 2010
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment is definitely on my recommended list. A must read for anyone looking to enhance life satisfaction. I have several friends whose lives have been completely changed for the better, after reading and applying the principles in this book.. It’s about how to incorporate your strengths, your originality, your humor and your generosity into your everyday interactions with people. Some people just need to adjust their attitude. Kindness and faith are vital ingredients for a happy life.

C.J. Good’s Little Gifts of Sustainable Contentment: One minute daily reflections for cultivating mental, emotional, physical and financial well-being, also offers a prescription for finding more happiness. It provides a way to release ourselves from the shackles of the painful past and to feel optimistic about the future This too is a must read for every kind of happiness or spiritual seeker. The journey will delight and inspire both mind and heart.

Authentic Happiness is one of the books that I refer most often to my clients and speaking audiences. I listen to the audio CD in my car.

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  • Published: September 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: A020443
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