The World's Largest Library of Business Book Summaries
The fastest way to expand your business knowledge

Authentic Happiness

Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

Free Press,

Buy the book

Category: Concepts & Trends

Authentic Happiness
Bookstack

In this summary, you will learn

  • What happiness is
  • How to achieve it
  • Why friends, religion, freedom and your spouse make you happier than money or good health

getAbstract Rating

getAbstract Rating (?)

(9)

Applicability

(9)

Innovation

(9)

Style

(9)

Why you should read Authentic Happiness

getAbstract highly recommends this work by Martin E. P. Seligman, the founder of "positive psychology" and the author of Learned Optimism. This book combines the erudition of psychological research with the accessibility of a self-help text. The author explains why happiness matters. He recapitulates and takes issue with the flawed deterministic assumptions that guided much of twentieth century psychology. He is careful to emphasize the importance of your individual control over your feelings and thoughts. The idea that people actually are in control of their fate marks a departure from Freudianism and behaviorism. Seligman argues, instead, for an understanding of character and virtue rooted in early Greek philosophy. However, his book is not merely theoretical or descriptive. He offers guidance on how you can change your way of thinking to change how you feel - and, thereby, get on the road to achieving long-term happiness for yourself and for others, especially your children.

About the Author

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the director of the Positive Psychology Network, and former president of the American Psychological Association. His 20 books include Learned Optimism and The Optimistic Child.


Do you like this summary?

8

Comment on this summary

Be the first to write a comment!

Sign in to share your opinion

Customers who read this summary also read

By the same author