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

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-07
  • Publisher: Atria Books

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“This book will help you flourish.” With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten yearsand the first to present 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 fifteen years, is differentit’s 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 lifefor individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about. 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 Accomplishmentor PERMA, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment. Thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policythe very fabric of society Flourish 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; and how corporations can improve performance at the same time as they raise employee well-being. With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism.

Author Biography

Martin e.p. Seligman, Ph.D., the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, works on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethnopolitical conflict, and optimism. Dr. Seligman's 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
A New Positive Psychologyp. 3
What Is Weil-Being?p. 5
The Birth of a New Theoryp. 9
The Original Theory: Authentic Happinessp. 11
From Authentic Happiness Theory to Well-Being Theoryp. 13
Well-Being Theoryp. 14
The Elements of Well-Beingp. 16
Kindness Exercisep. 21
Flourishing as the Goal of Positive Psychologyp. 26
Creating Your Happiness: Positive Psychology Exercises That Workp. 30
The Gratitude Visitp. 30
Can Well-Being Be Changed?p. 31
What-Went-Well Exercisep. 33
Positive Psychology Interventions and Casesp. 35
Signature Strengths Exercisep. 38
Positive Psychotherapyp. 40
The Dirty Little Secret of Drugs and Therapyp. 45
Cure Versus Symptom Reliefp. 46
The 65 Percent Barrierp. 47
Active, Constructive Respondingp. 48
Dealing with Negative Emotionsp. 51
A New Approach to Curep. 53
Applied Psychology Versus Basic Psychology: Problems Versus Puzzlesp. 55
Wittgenstein, Popper, and Pennp. 56
Teaching Well-Being: The Magic of MAPPp. 63
The First MAPPp. 64
Ingredients of Applied Positive Psychologyp. 66
Intellectually Challenging Applicable Contentp. 66
Personal and Professional Transformationp. 70
Transformationsp. 71
Called to Positive Psychologyp. 75
Positive Education: Teaching Well-Being to Young Peoplep. 78
Should Well-Being Be Taught in School?p. 79
The Penn Resiliency Program: A Way to Teach Well-Being in Schoolp. 81
Three-Good-Things Exercisep. 84
Using Signature Strengths in New Waysp. 84
The Geelong Grammar School Projectp. 85
Teaching Positive Educationp. 89
Embedding Positive Educationp. 90
Living Positive Educationp. 92
Positive Computingp. 93
A New Measure of Prosperityp. 96
The Ways to Flourishp. 99
GRIT, Character, and Achievement: A New Theory of Intelligencep. 101
Success and Intelligencep. 102
Positive Characterp. 103
Drawn by the Future, Not Driven by the Pastp. 104
What Intelligence Isp. 106
Speedp. 106
The Virtue of Slownessp. 110
Executive Functionp. 112
Rate of Learning: The First Derivative of Speedp. 113
Self-Control and GRITp. 115
GRIT Versus Self-Disciplinep. 118
High Human Accomplishmentp. 119
GRIT's Benefitsp. 122
Building the Elements of Successp. 124
Army Strong: Comprehensive Soldier Fitnessp. 126
A Psychologically Fit Armyp. 126
Global Assessment Tool (GAT)p. 129
Online Coursesp. 137
Emotional Fitness Modulep. 139
Family Fitness Modulep. 142
Social Fitness Modulep. 143
Spiritual Fitness Modulep. 149
Turning Trauma into Growthp. 152
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorderp. 152
Post-Traumatic Growthp. 159
Post-Traumatic Growth Coursep. 161
Post-Traumatic Growth Inventoryp. 161
Master Resilience Trainingp. 163
Building Mental Toughnessp. 167
The Hot Seat: Fighting Catastrophic Thoughts in Real Timep. 169
Hunt the Good Stuffp. 171
Character Strengthsp. 171
Building Strong Relationshipsp. 173
The Rolloutp. 177
Positive Physical Health: The Biology of Optimismp. 182
Turning Medicine on Its Headp. 182
Origins of Learned Helplessness Theoryp. 184
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)p. 190
Infectious Illnessp. 194
Cancer and All-Cause Mortalityp. 200
Is Well-Being Causal, and How Might It Protect?p. 204
Positive Healthp. 208
Army Database: A National Treasurep. 211
Cardiovascular Health Assetsp. 213
Exercise as a Health Assetp. 214
The Politics and Economics of Well-Beingp. 221
Beyond Moneyp. 221
The Divergence Between GDP and Well-Beingp. 222
The Financial Downturnp. 228
Ethics Versus Valuesp. 228
Optimism and Economicsp. 232
Reflexive and Nonreflexive Realityp. 234
PERMA 51p. 237
Appendix: Signature Strengths Testp. 243
Thanks and Acknowledgmentsp. 267
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 321
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