Flourish : A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

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"This book will help you flourish." With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins "Flourish, "his first book in ten years--and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different--it's about actually raising the bar for the human condition. "Flourish "builds on Dr. Seligman's game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life--for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, "Flourish "refines what Positive Psychology is all about. While certainly a "part "of well-being, happiness "alone "doesn't give life meaning. Seligman now asks, What is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? In a word, what is it that allows you to "flourish"? "Well-being" takes the stage front and center, and Happiness (or Positive Emotion) becomes one of the five pillars of Positive Psychology, along with Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment--or PERMA, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment. Thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policy--the very fabric of society--"Flourish "tells inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action, including how the entire U.S. Army is now trained in emotional resilience; how innovative schools can educate for fulfillment in life and not just for workplace success; and how corporations can improve performance at the same time as they raise employee well-being. With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, "Flourish "is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, "Authentic Happiness "and "Learned Optimism."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 349 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 521.63g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1439190755
  • 9781439190753
  • 46,606

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"No psychologist in history has done more than Martin Seligman to discover the keys to flourishing and then give them away to the world. "Flourish" is full of specific techniques you can use to change yourself, your relationships, and your organization. More importantly, Seligman teaches you how to look at life and see possibilities, rather than constraints. If you lead people, work with people, or know any people, you should read this book." --Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Happiness Hypothesis"show more

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I have heard bout Authentic Happiness but never read it. I recently ordered it. However, I have always doubted the concept of "authentic happiness" and what it means. To me happiness is about doing what I do everyday with myself, my relationships with family and friends and having a meaningful life with goals and achievements. I believe it was a good thing I started with Flourish first because I am in total agreement with Seligman that happiness is not something you can go chase after try to achieve...it isn't a goal. Flourish is a well structured book and easy to read - non clinical and though I don't necessarily agree with Seligman's concept of not looking at the past for your future... the spread of positive psychology is a key development in world culture. There's so much I learnt in FLOURISH especially how SELIGMAN's research is articulated beautifully in true everyday stories. If you are looking at POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY and WELL BEING - this is certainly the book.show more
by Sham Panchacharan
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