336 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.9 in
January 5, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0743222989
ISBN - 13: 9780743222983
About the Book
A groundbreaking look at how readers can improve the world around them and achieve new and lasting levels of authentic contentment and joy.
Read from the Book
Chapter One: Positive Feeling And Positive CharacterIn 1932, Cecilia O'Payne took her final vows in Milwaukee. As a novice in the School Sisters of Notre Dame, she committed the rest of her life to the teaching of young children. Asked to write a short sketch of her life on this momentous occasion, she wrote:God started my life off well by bestowing upon me grace of inestimable value....The past year which I spent as a candidate studying at Notre Dame has been a very happy one. Now I look forward with eager joy to receiving the Holy Habit of Our Lady and to a life of union with Love Divine.In the same year, in the same city, and taking the same vows, Marguerite Donnelly wrote her autobiographical sketch:I was born on September 26, 1909, the eldest of seven children, five girls and two boys....My candidate year was spent in the motherhouse, teaching chemistry and second year Latin at Notre Dame Institute. With God's grace, I intend to do my best for our Order, for the spread of religion and for my personal sanctification.These two nuns, along with 178 of their sisters, thereby became subjects in the most remarkable study of happiness and longevity ever done.Investigating how long people will live and understanding what conditions shorten and lengthen life is an enormously important but enormously knotty scientific problem. It is well documented, for example, that people from Utah live longer than people from the neighboring state of Nevada. But why? Is it the clean mountain ai
Table of Contents
Part I: Positive Emotion
1. Positive Feeling and Positive Character
2. How Psychology Lost Its Way and I Found Mine
3. Why Bother to Be Happy?
4. Can You Make Yourself Lastingly Happier?
5. Satisfaction about the Past
6. Optimism about the Future
7. Happiness in the Present
Part II: Strength and Virtue
8. Renewing Strength and Virtue
9. Your Signature Strengths
Part III: In the Mansions of Life
10. Work and Personal Satisfaction
12. Raising Children
13. Reprise and Summary
14. Meaning and Purpose
Appendix: Terminology and Theory
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D.,
is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the director of the Positive Psychology Network, and former president of the American Psychological Association. Among his twenty books are Learned Optimism
and The Optimistic Child.
Elle A bold new plan for taking control of your life and finding lasting happiness.