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Authentic Happiness

By Seligman Martin

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Format: Paperback / softback, 321 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 19 January 2004
Argues that happiness can be a learned and cultivated behavior, explaining how every person possesses at least five of twenty-four profiled strengths that can be built on in order to improve life.


In his latest user-friendly road map for human emotion, the author of the bestselling Learned Optimism proposes ratcheting the field of psychology to a new level. "Relieving the states that make life miserable... has made building the states that make life worth living less of a priority. The time has finally arrived for a science that seeks to understand positive emotion, build strength and virtue, and provide guideposts for finding what Aristotle called the `good life,' " writes Seligman. Thankfully, his lengthy homage to happiness may actually live up to the ambitious promise of its subtitle. Seligman doesn't just preach the merits of happiness e.g., happy people are healthier, more productive and contentedly married than their unhappy counterparts but he also presents brief tests and even an interactive Web site (the launch date is set for mid-August) to help readers increase the happiness quotient in their own lives. Trying to fix weaknesses won't help, he says; rather, incorporating strengths such as humor, originality and generosity into everyday interactions with people is a better way to achieve happiness. Skeptics will wonder whether it's possible to learn happiness from a book. Their point may be valid, but Seligman certainly provides the attitude adjustment and practical tools (including self-tests and exercises) for charting the course. Agent, Richard Pine. (Sept. 4) Forecast: A first serial in Newsweek, an appearance on Good Morning America and an author tour not to mention Seligman's name recognition as a longtime proponent of positive psychology should help the publisher sell out its first printing of 125,000 copies. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Elle" A bold new plan for taking control of your life and finding lasting happiness.

EAN: 9780743222983
ISBN: 0743222989
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions: 21.49 x 13.92 x 2.11 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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4 of 5 Stars! '

I'd hit rock bottom in my life and as aI was learngin a lot of the harsh realities that I though twouldn't hit my till a lot further down the track, I discoverd I would need a bit of backing adn experience from people who'd done it all before. The writers of this book gave my a fantastic "light at the end of the tunnel" through their writing and this book was infinitely helpful in my struggles....

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It's been a long time since I have read something that I consider 'new' in the field of psychology. It is also a while since I have read anything that came packed with plausible research data. It is also quite unusual to pick up a book that focuses on the positive side of the human experience. What a wonderful breath of fresh air is Martin Seligman. I believe every student of Psychology needs to read this book. It is also an absolutely accessible book to the average punter - so do yourself a favour an buy a copy. Yo won't be disappointed.


4 of 5 Stars! '

Well who needs to read about dysfunction - we need to know more about what works! Here's the answer.

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