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Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Beingby Martin Seligman
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and#8220;This book will help you flourish.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins andlt;iandgt;Flourish, andlt;/iandgt;his first book in ten yearsand#8212;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 differentand#8212;itand#8217;s about actually raising the bar for the human condition. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Flourish andlt;/iandgt;builds on Dr. Seligmanand#8217;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 lifeand#8212;for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, andlt;iandgt;Flourish andlt;/iandgt;refines what Positive Psychology is all about. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;While certainly a andlt;iandgt;part andlt;/iandgt;of well-being, happiness andlt;iandgt;alone andlt;/iandgt;doesnand#8217;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 andlt;iandgt;flourishandlt;/iandgt;? and#8220;Well-beingand#8221; takes the stage front and center, and Happiness (or andlt;bandgt;Pandlt;/bandgt;ositive Emotion) becomes one of the five pillars of Positive Psychology, along with andlt;bandgt;Eandlt;/bandgt;ngagement, andlt;bandgt;Randlt;/bandgt;elationships, andlt;bandgt;Mandlt;/bandgt;eaning, and andlt;bandgt;Aandlt;/bandgt;ccomplishmentand#8212;or andlt;bandgt;PERMAandlt;/bandgt;, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policyand#8212;the very fabric of societyand#8212;andlt;iandgt;Flourish andlt;/iandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, andlt;iandgt;Flourish andlt;/iandgt;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, andlt;iandgt;Authentic Happiness andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Learned Optimism.andlt;/iandgt;
From the bestselling author of Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness comes “a relentlessly optimistic guidebook on finding and securing individual happiness” (Kirkus Reviews).
Internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman has been on the cutting edge of happiness research for more than two decades, pioneering a science that improves people’s lives. In his most life-changing book yet—which has electrified his already massive readership—Seligman explains his theory of happiness and purpose. Building on his game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character, here is the way to get life right.
In a fascinating evolution of thought, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about: Well-Being. Featuring inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action, Seligman shows how the U.S. Army improves soldiers’ emotional resilience during and after service, how innovative schools educate and motivate, and how corporations augment performance and goal-setting. With its interactive exercises that 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.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.andlt;/Bandgt;, the Robert A. Fox Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, works on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethnopolitical conflict, and optimism. Dr. Seligman's work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He is the director of the Positive Psychology Network and scientific director of Foresight, Inc., a testing company that predicts success in various walks of life.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; He was for fourteen years the Director of the Clinical Training Program of the University of Pennsylvania and was named a "Distinguished Practitioner" by the National Academies of Practice. In 1995, he received the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's award for "Distinguished Contributions to Science and Practice."
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