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Authentic Happiness - Seligman Martin

Paperback Published: 30th December 2003
ISBN: 9780743222983
Number Of Pages: 321

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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.

Industry Reviews

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.

Great book, highly recommend it


Brilliant book. Wish I'd bought it years ago



Authentic Happiness

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Prefacep. xi
Positive Emotion
Positive Feeling and Positive Characterp. 3
How Psychology Lost Its Way and I Found Minep. 17
Why Bother to Be Happy?p. 30
Can You Make Yourself Lastingly Happier?p. 45
Satisfaction about the Pastp. 62
Optimism about the Futurep. 83
Happiness in the Presentp. 102
Strength and Virtue
Renewing Strength and Virtuep. 125
Your Signature Strengthsp. 134
In the Mansions of Life
Work and Personal Satisfactionp. 165
Lovep. 185
Raising Childrenp. 208
Reprise and Summaryp. 247
Meaning and Purposep. 250
Terminology and Theoryp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Endnotesp. 271
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780743222983
ISBN-10: 0743222989
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 321
Published: 30th December 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.31