Flourish a visionary new understanding of happiness

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flourish a visionary new understanding of happiness

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being by Martin E.P. Seligman

“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.
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Flourish A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well being

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Martin E.P. Seligman

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

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Great ideas on well-being and positive psychology, backed with extensive research and a website to test yourself along the same variables they use in the book. Highly recommended to educators, parents, and military men and women and their families. To be happy, you gotta think happy. It's an interesting book, and there are a lot of ideas to get out of Seligman's book. It's a bit of a read in that you really have to sit down and think hard about Martin E.

He began his distinguished psychology career in the late sixties studying pessimism, learned helplessness, and depression. His two previous books, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life and Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Lasting Fulfillment read my review here are loaded with extensive and solid research from the rapidly expanding fields of cognitive therapy and positive psychology. Seligman continues to build and expand on his life work. He starts with a radical rethinking of his own studies and results from the flood of new happiness research of the past decade. P ositive Emotion — happiness and life satisfaction are moved from being the end goals to factors of well-being. We then look back later at just how fun or rewarding the activity was.

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Back in the day, I had the pleasure of studying in a department graced by Dr. His seminal book, Authentic Happiness , was among the 7 essential books on the art and science of happiness , and today marks the release of his highly anticipated follow-up. Flourish is definitely not a self-help book, though it does offer insightful techniques to optimize yourself, your relationships and your business for well-being. If anything, it can read a bit wonky at times, as Seligman delves into fascinating empirical evidence culled from years of rigorous research. But I find this remarkably refreshing and stimulating amidst the sea of dumbed down psycho-fluff. Relieving the states that make life miserable… has made building the states that make life worth living less of a priority. Seligman identifies five endeavors crucial to human flourishing — positive emotion, engagement, good relationships, meaning and purpose in life, and accomplishment, cumulatively called PERMA — and examines each in detail, ultimately proposing that public policy have flourishing as its central goal.

Seligman's intentions are admirable and exciting. He is consumed by his mission, which is to take psychology on from its traditional role in alleviating misery, and broaden it into positive psychology -- the entirely different art of teaching us how to be wiser, stronger, more generous to others, more self-disciplined, and more capable of dealing with difficulty and rejection The book is full of nuggets about why positive approaches work. A relentlessly optimistic guidebook on finding and securing individual happiness. Martin E. Seligman is the Robert A. Fox Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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