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Authentic Happiness

Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

By Martin E. P. Seligman

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 19 January 2004
A national bestseller, Authentic Happiness launched the revolutionary new science of Positive Psychology--and sparked a coast-to-coast debate on the nature of real happiness. According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from focusing on one's personal strengths rather than weaknesses--and working with them to improve all aspects of one's life. Using practical exercises, brief tests, and a dynamic website program, Seligman shows readers how to identify their highest virtues and use them in ways they haven't yet considered. Accessible and proven, Authentic Happiness is the most powerful work of popular psychology in years.

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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. Caroline MyssAuthor 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 PinkerAuthor 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. Kay Redfield Jamison author of "An Unquiet Mind""Authentic Happiness" is an excellent book about emotions that are vital, positive, and lend great strength to our lives. Martin Seligman, a pioneer in the field of positive emotions, has written a book that will make a real difference to many people. Joan Oliver Goldsmith author of "How Can We Keep from Singing: Music and the Passionate Life" To read this book is to walk with your head floating in clouds of possibility while your feet tread firmly on the ground of scientific research. Dr. Seligman gives us the tools to tap into our greatest strengths, so that we can live more joyously while making a greater contribution to loved ones, work and community. Steven Pinker Peter de Florez Professor of Psychology, MIT, and 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. Jonathan Kellerman Martin Seligman is one of the most original thinkers the social sciences have produced in our century. "Authentic Happiness" is a fascinating, compelling look at a body of ground-breaking research. An important book. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi author of "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" A revolutionary perspective on psychology, Seligman's "Authentic Happiness" is a beacon for human behavior in the new century. Laypersons and professionals alike will find this book enormously enriching. It summarizes a huge literature, it provides concrete self-assessment tools, and it speaks with a joyful voice about what it means to be fully alive. Dr. Stephen R. Covey author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" 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. Daniel Goleman author of "Emotional Intelligence" 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. Mary Pipher author of "Reviving Ophelia" 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 ground-breaking, heart-lifting and, most importantly, deeply useful. With pun intended, I'm optimistic about its success. Cheryl Richardson author of "Stand Up for Your Life""Authentic Happiness" is one of the most important books of our time. It offers a powerful message of hope for millions who long for a deeply satisfying life. Highly accessible and filled with practical advice, if you read it and use it, it will change your life. Diane Ackerman author of "A Natural History of the Senses" The Constitution may guarantee the right to pursue happiness, but it doesn't offer clear paths to follow through the wilderness. Seligman does. By turns smart, funny, irreverent, and insightful, he is the perfect guide, someone who can make such a difference in life, and lives. A world hungry for happiness will love his new book. 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. Elle A bold new plan for taking control of your life and finding lasting happiness. 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. 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. Caroline MyssAuthor 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. "Elle"A bold new plan for taking control of your life and finding lasting happiness. Steven PinkerAuthor 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.

EAN: 9780743222983
ISBN: 0743222989
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions: 21.49 x 13.92 x 2.11 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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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....
Gregory on
 
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.
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Well who needs to read about dysfunction - we need to know more about what works! Here's the answer.

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