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“This book really shows you what in your life really contributes to your happiness, and it taught me how to be grateful just by changing my explanatory style (self-talk) and I've become a very optimistic person because of it. It recommends to explain happy events as being permanent, pervasive,...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very good - although a bit outdated now :)
Would highly recommend to read "Flourish" instead by the same author.”
“So many self-help books, questionnaires, and popular psychology books talk about what’s wrong with our lives and how to make the bad bits better. Martin E. P. Seligman asks us to look instead at what’s good, and learn to turn good into excellent, making this a book on mental wellness, rather than mental illness. It’s a refreshing change.
Wouldn’t you rather feel more happy instead of less miserable? But this isn’t just a question of looking at half-filled cups when they might be half-empty. Simple questionnaires (with more complicated versions online) invite the reader to find their own strengths so we can play to them. And then, in a nice twist on the “So this is who you are” approach, we’re asked to identify which strengths feel natural to us, which feel enlivening. We might be good at leading but feel drained every time we have to lead, making leadership a strength, but not a signature strength. Those final, happy, signature powers become the key to enlivening everyday life.
But first, are you happy? Not just smiling today, but waking up happy, contented, hopeful, optimistic. And what things will make us happy? The author has looked through many cultures to find those things common to most. Again, there’s a twist—he’s not looking for features valued in all; just in most, because there area always exceptions—that’s why they’re called exceptions. Religion becomes something of worth, though the author’s own “religious” beliefs, expounded in a final chapter, might not agree with his readers’. The answer’s not in the details but in the approach.
Raise happy children. Turn your job into something you enjoy (without necessarily changing jobs). Find your strengths and enjoy who you are instead of trying to turn into someone else. And enjoy this book. I did.
Disclosure: My sister-in-law lent me a copy of this book then I went out and bought my own.”
“I'm listening to this one on tape and like it so much I want to read it an take some notes. He spends alittle too much time on himself and some of the stories - but I like his methodology and logic in breaking happiness into it's component parts.”Garen L Wisner wrote this review Tuesday, May 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Happiness = your genetic inheritance + Environment (Conditions)+Free Will. You should read this great book by Dr. Martin Seligman, discoverer of "Learned helplessness".”Selami Bagriyanik wrote this review Wednesday, May 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very interesting and has good explanations on different happiness tests.”Stefan Jernberg wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Esse livro e muito bom. O Martin E.P. Seligman e um ex Presidente da Associacao Americana de Psicologia, e professor de Psicologia ha mais de trinta anos na Universidade da Pensilvania. O livro e academicamente rigoroso, e tem conceitos e ideias muito interessantes, varios deles com embasamento cientifico, para vivermos mais felizes. Nunca Ã© tarde para se ler esse livro.”MARCO DA CAMINO ANCONA LOPEZ SOLIGO wrote this review Thursday, March 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found this book a refreshing read, very different from classical psychology theories. Seligman stresses the importance of: * the positive * prevention (rather than cure) * the free will He reacts strongly against determinism, against the focus on the negative and on the past, as we see it in the theories of Freud (psychology), Darwin (evolution) and Marx (politics). Seligman believes that negative emotions play a dominant role in win-loss situations and positive emotions in win-win situations, that positive and negative emotions are as authentic, and that optimism is learnable. He goes on explaining the differences in the beliefs of optimists and pessimists. One of the things that touched me most, was the author's plea for the development of character, virtues and strengths; a plea I found very convincing. ”Astrid Dom wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A sizeable book with an important message about longevity and sense-making when it comes to living. ”Justin G Kinnear wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The roots of happiness and optimism (and they have almost nothing to do with money). Given consumer confidence, maybe Mr. Obama should subsidize the cost of this book for every American adult. THAT would get us out of this depression and cost a lot less than his current plan.”Jim Sullivan wrote this review Friday, January 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is actually background reading to the Happiness Advantage and how positive psychology comes about. Authentic Happiness provides an overview of this breakthrough work. There are aspects in the book that engages the readerâs interactivity in the form of self-rating scales which are quite relevant to our self-assessment of self and character all of which are important in our journey to find authentic happiness and personal growth. What's sticky for me is the chapter on good and effective parenting of children as they essentially represent the future. ”Wayne Loke wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No