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  • Published: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781864713022
  • Imprint: William Heinemann Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Authentic Happiness




From the author of the international bestseller, Learned Optimism, comes a ground-breaking look at the nature of happiness and how everyone has the power to inject real joy into their lives.

From the author of the international bestseller, Learned Optimism, comes a ground-breaking look at the nature of happiness and how everyone has the power to inject real joy into their lives.

Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller Learned Optimism, greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience.

Authentic Happiness is an even bigger ground-breaker. It represents the first time any scientist has placed value in the study not only of mental illness, but of 'mental wellness.' It's not about curing one's ills, but about exercising one's strengths and virtues in order to achieve what Seligman terms 'authentic happiness.'

The life-changing lesson of Authentic Happiness is that, by assessing the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and lasting levels of genuine contentment and joy.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781864713022
  • Imprint: William Heinemann Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Martin Seligman

Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the director of the Positive Psychology Network, and the former president of the American Psychological Association. Among his twenty books are Learned Optimism and The Optimistic Child.

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Praise for Authentic Happiness

“One of the most important books of the century--an absolute must-read for all persons interested in genuinely understanding and helping our fellow human beings.”

Dr. Robert H. Schuller, author of Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do

“Vaulted me out of my funk. . . . So, fellow moderate pessimists, go buy this book.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Dr. Seligman makes an optimistic case for optimism: you can learn it, you can measure it, you can teach it, and you will be healthier and happier for it.”

Dr. Aaron T. Beck, author of Love is Never Enough

“A system for reforming the most entrenched pessimist.”

Philadelphia Daily News


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