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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,540 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin E. P. Seligman Narrator: John Dossett Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2002 ISBN: 9780743568500
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In Authentic Happiness, the bestselling author of Learned Optimism introduces the revolutionary, scientifically based idea of "Positive Psychology." Positive Psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, asserting that happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Happiness can be cultivated by identyfying and using many of the strengths and traits that listeners already possess -- including kindness, originality, humor, optimism, and generosity. By frequently calling upon their "signature strengths," listeners will develop natural buffers against misfortune and the experience of negative emotion -- elevating their lives to a fresh, more positive place.

  

Drawning on groundbreaking psychological research, Seligman shows how Positive Psychology is shifting the profession's paradigm away from its narrow-minded focus on pathology, victimology, and mental illness to positive emotion, virtue and strength, and positive institutions. Our signature strengthts can be nurtured throughout our lives, yielding benefits to our health, relationships, and careers.

Seligman provides the "Signature Strengths Survey" that can be used to measure how much positive emotion listeners experience, in order to help determine what their highest strengths are. Authentic Happiness shows how to identify the very best in ourselves, so we can achieve new and sustainable levels of authentic contentment, gratification, and meaning.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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…to help readers increase the happiness quotient in their own lives.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “At last, psychology gets serious about glee, fun and happiness.” 

    Daniel Goleman author of Emotional Intelligence 

  • Authentic Happiness is an excellent book about emotions that are vital, positive, and lend great strength to our lives.” 

    Kay Redfield Jamison author of An Unquiet Mind 

  • “Seligman takes the best, most recent science in psychology and applies it to our oldest, most basic human questions—how can we be happy?” 

    Mary Pipher author of Reviving Ophelia 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 2/17/2014

    " Positive Psychology Spring 2011 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meena | 2/16/2014

    " Very interesting and engaging! I liked how it was a mix of information and self-help. I am starting to like positive psychology quite a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JenBen | 2/10/2014

    " This one is a keeper to reread on a regular basis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/3/2014

    " I don't exactly agree with everything he says on the subject of positive psychology, however, i'm finding thath i can incorperate my own beliefs into this subject and make it my own, because i really love the idea of it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 1/16/2014

    " Great book! I had to read it for a class and an hour long presentation. There was so much in it that it made the presentation so simple! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridgett | 1/15/2014

    " A lot of the material here reiterated what I read in "Learned Optimism," but I also found some new ways to look at my life and my goals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean-Philippe Vest | 12/28/2013

    " A great book to improve your life toward happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 12/11/2013

    " He has some great ideas about what happiness means for everyone and how you can maximize your own personal happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/10/2013

    " It's a self help book that is actually based in science and empirical evidence! Perfect! At the same time, it doesn't read like a journal article and has some nice anecdotal evidence as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 5/13/2013

    " super duper greta yippy yay fantastic woohoo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/9/2013

    " Started out very well and has much to recommend it. How to identify what makes an individual happy - pretty useful really. However, it tails off towards the end and the final chapter about having a life's purpose is very woolly and ill-defined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Wilson | 1/28/2013

    " Good overview of the positive psychology movement by a bona fide contributor. Lots of good ideas, although not a recipe for self improvement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 1/25/2013

    " Positive psychology. Use your strengths to make yourself and the world better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 11/5/2012

    " This was okay. Although the psychology research behind the theory is interesting, I felt it drug on too long and made the reading quite dry in places. I don't know that I learned anything new here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Floor Heus | 2/14/2012

    " Not the greatest style or tempo (bit long), but great insights!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mandie | 12/9/2011

    " what a wonderful man - i am still learning from this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 10/3/2011

    " I am so gald that I read this book... it uses research to discuss real life.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 5/9/2011

    " Inspiration to discover your authentic self and find your higher purpose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judithproller | 4/29/2011

    " Great easy book to read that really spells out a wonderful way to live in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/6/2011

    " Skimmed through this one. Took all the quizzes on the related website. Great fun. Very influential book/movement. I would not recommend this onda as anyone's guiding star, lacks some depth, but some nice tools and opportunities for insight here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/27/2011

    " Don't bother reading this...his new book comes out in May... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 1/19/2011

    " Overly complicated theories and difficult to follow concepts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/29/2010

    " Loved this book. The positive psychology movement is changing my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi | 11/24/2010

    " Seligman's major premise: Enjoy life more by learning your signature strengths and applying them more often and in more contexts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 edypekalongan | 8/8/2010

    " bagus... terutama untuk literatur psikologi. orang yang menikah lebih bahagia katanya di dalam penelitian penulis buku ini, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridgett | 6/25/2010

    " A lot of the material here reiterated what I read in "Learned Optimism," but I also found some new ways to look at my life and my goals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 5/3/2010

    " While very anti-religious in the beginning, he surprised me by ending with a pro-religious view, at least from a scientific standpoint. "

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About the Author

Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, the Robert A. Fox professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, works on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethnopolitical conflict, and optimism. His 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. He was the director of the Clinical Training Program of the University of Pennsylvania for fourteen years and was named a distinguished practitioner by the National Academies of Practice. In 1995, he received the Pennsylvania Psychological Associations award for Distinguished Contributions to Science and Practice.