Brilliant book. Wish I'd bought it years ago
In this national bestseller -- Martin Seligman's most stimulating, persuasive book to date -- the acclaimed author of "Learned Optimism" introduces yet another revolutionary idea. Drawing on groundbreaking scientific 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 and mental health. Happiness, studies show, is not the result of good genes or luck. It can be cultivated by identifying and nurturing traits that we already possess -- including kindness, originality, humor, optimism, and generosity.
Seligman provides the tools you need in order to ascertain your most positive traits or strengths. Then he explains how, by frequently calling upon these "signature strengths" in all the crucial realms of life -- health, relationships, career -- you will not only develop natural buffers against misfortune and negative emotion, but also achieve new and sustainable levels of authentic contentment, gratification, and meaning.
Caroline Myss Author of Sacred Contracts Authentic Happiness is delightful and richly insightful. Martin Seligman has written a very practical book, guiding readers to make positive choices in life.
Steven Pinker Author of The Language Instinct A highly insightful scientific and personal reflection on the nature of happiness, from one of the most creative and influential psychologists of our time.
Elle A bold new plan for taking control of your life and finding lasting happiness.
|Positive Feeling and Positive Character||p. 3|
|How Psychology Lost Its Way and I Found Mine||p. 17|
|Why Bother to Be Happy?||p. 30|
|Can You Make Yourself Lastingly Happier?||p. 45|
|Satisfaction about the Past||p. 62|
|Optimism about the Future||p. 83|
|Happiness in the Present||p. 102|
|Strength and Virtue|
|Renewing Strength and Virtue||p. 125|
|Your Signature Strengths||p. 134|
|In the Mansions of Life|
|Work and Personal Satisfaction||p. 165|
|Raising Children||p. 208|
|Reprise and Summary||p. 247|
|Meaning and Purpose||p. 250|
|Terminology and Theory||p. 261|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 321
Published: 5th January 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.31