Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

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Flourish builds on Dr. Seligmans 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 life – for individuals, for communities, and for nations.

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By Martin E.P. Seligman
#8950  In this book, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman presents 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 15 years, is different – its about actually raising the bar for the human condition.
Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’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 life – for individuals, for communities, and for nations.
While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn’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 flourish?
Well-being takes the stage front and center, and Happiness (or Positive Emotion) becomes one of the five pillars of Positive Psychology, along with Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment – or PERMA, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment.
Thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policy – the very fabric of society – this book 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
  • how corporations can improve performance at the same time as they raise employee well-being
The book includes interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims
368 pages. Softcover. 2012.
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