Authentic Happiness

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Random House Australia, May 2, 2011 - Conduct of life - 321 pages
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From the author of the international bestseller, Learned Optimism, comes a ground-breaking look at the nature of happiness and how everyone has the power to inject real joy into their lives. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller Learned Optimism, greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience. Authentic Happiness is an even bigger ground-breaker. It represents the first time any scientist has placed value in the study not only of mental illness, but of 'mental wellness.' It's not about curing one's ills, but about exercising one's strengths and virtues in order to achieve what Seligman terms 'authentic happiness.' The life-changing lesson of Authentic Happiness is that, by assessing the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and lasting levels of genuine contentment and joy.

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Useful research, techniques and insights. - Goodreads
Decent overview of Positive Psychology. - Goodreads
I also find Seligman easy to read. - Goodreads
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Review: Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

User Review  - Christian - Goodreads

Don't be fooled by the title. This isn't nearly the sort of yuppie self-help hippie BS that it sounds like. Seligman provides a detailed and eye-opening look at just what exactly happiness is, on a ... Read full review

Review: Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

User Review  - Zhi Ling Tan - Goodreads

i was largely skeptical during the initial chapters of the book. the author's emphasis on an empirical-based approach to positive psychology appeared to me both dull and confounding, and i wasn't much ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a past president of the American Psychological Association, is a leading motivational expert and an authority on learned helplessness. His many books include Authentic Happiness and The Optimistic Child. Dr. Seligman's research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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