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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.
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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.
Excellent introduction to positive psychology. Easy read and quite funny.Published 13 months ago by Wesdyne Amyotte
Get past the first 40 pages of the book - then the great advise begins. This book has given me tools to change the way I feel about my past and my fears of uncertainty about the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by r
Some great awareness on understanding happiness. A helpful guide on understanding who you are, what is important to you and how to get more of that.Published on Sept. 21 2013 by Brian
I would say that it is an interesting read on the research on happiness. There were some solid advices given on how to become happier... Read morePublished on June 9 2010 by DEB
A gentleman named Mr. Coffee wrote an excellent review here citing information by the great Dr. Denis Waitley and discusing why optimism is a tonic while pessimism is a... Read morePublished on May 12 2004
The great Dr. Denis Waitley conducting one of his outstanding "Seeds of Greatness" speeches asked; "Are you happy because you sing or are you singing because you are... Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Gary Coffee
Over the last few years, like many others, the Clinton recession and bear market has played it's toll on me. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Rod Tomkins
I have always enjoyed Dr. Seligmans work and am a big fan of Learned Optimism which probably should be read before this one or at least in addition to it. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Al Buntler
I simply cannot understand most of the other reviewers here in their adoration of this book. Primarily, the book draws on insights already expressed by others without giving... Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Louis Barbarelli