Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment

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By (author) Martin E. P. Seligman

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  • Publisher: NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 26mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857883292
  • ISBN 13: 9781857883299
  • Sales rank: 13,422

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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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Martin Seligman is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pensylvania, the director of the Positive Psychology Network, and the former president of the American Psychological Association. Among his twenty books are LEARNED OPTIMISM and WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE... AND WHAT YOU CAN'T. He recently gave the Centennial Address to the British Psychological Society and is an honorary Professor at the University of Cardiff.

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'At last, psychology gets serious about glee, fun and happiness. Martin Seligman has given us a gift - a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.' --Daniel Goleman, author of EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 'Seligman takes the best, most recent science in psychology and applies it to our oldest, most basic human questions: How can we be happy? And how can we be good? His book is groundbreaking, heart-lifting, and most important, deeply useful. With pun intended, I'm optimistic about its success.' --Mary Pipher, author of REVIVING OPHELIA 'A highly insightful and personal reflection on the nature of happiness, from one of the most creative and ifluential psychologists of our time.' --Steven Pinker, author of THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT 'An amazing book! Absolutely full of practical wisdom and its authentic sources. What depth of understanding! Seligman affirms our power of choice with a perspective on old and new psychology I found compelling and fascinating. This book will help restore the Character Ethic.' --Stephen R. Covey, author of THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE 'An impressive achievement. This book will change how people view psychology and how all of us view ourselves.' --Howard Gardner, Harvard University, author of MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES 'Martin Seligman is on a mission: to take the rich and suprising findings of a young field called Positive Psychology and use them to imporve the mental, moral and spiritual well-being of his readers. Being Positive Psychology's founder, as well as a vivid, inspiring writer, he is uniquely qualified for this job. Only one person could have written AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS, but millions could benefit from it.' --Robert Wright, author of THE MORAL ANIMAL