Flourish A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

ISBN-10: 1439190763
ISBN-13: 9781439190760
Edition: 2013
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Description: “This book will help you flourish.”With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years—and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is.  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

“This book will help you flourish.”With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years—and 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 different—it’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 life—for 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 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—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.

Preface
A New Positive Psychology
What Is Weil-Being?
The Birth of a New Theory
The Original Theory: Authentic Happiness
From Authentic Happiness Theory to Well-Being Theory
Well-Being Theory
The Elements of Well-Being
Kindness Exercise
Flourishing as the Goal of Positive Psychology
Creating Your Happiness: Positive Psychology Exercises That Work
The Gratitude Visit
Can Well-Being Be Changed?
What-Went-Well Exercise
Positive Psychology Interventions and Cases
Signature Strengths Exercise
Positive Psychotherapy
The Dirty Little Secret of Drugs and Therapy
Cure Versus Symptom Relief
The 65 Percent Barrier
Active, Constructive Responding
Dealing with Negative Emotions
A New Approach to Cure
Applied Psychology Versus Basic Psychology: Problems Versus Puzzles
Wittgenstein, Popper, and Penn
Teaching Well-Being: The Magic of MAPP
The First MAPP
Ingredients of Applied Positive Psychology
Intellectually Challenging Applicable Content
Personal and Professional Transformation
Transformations
Called to Positive Psychology
Positive Education: Teaching Well-Being to Young People
Should Well-Being Be Taught in School?
The Penn Resiliency Program: A Way to Teach Well-Being in School
Three-Good-Things Exercise
Using Signature Strengths in New Ways
The Geelong Grammar School Project
Teaching Positive Education
Embedding Positive Education
Living Positive Education
Positive Computing
A New Measure of Prosperity
The Ways to Flourish
GRIT, Character, and Achievement: A New Theory of Intelligence
Success and Intelligence
Positive Character
Drawn by the Future, Not Driven by the Past
What Intelligence Is
Speed
The Virtue of Slowness
Executive Function
Rate of Learning: The First Derivative of Speed
Self-Control and GRIT
GRIT Versus Self-Discipline
High Human Accomplishment
GRIT's Benefits
Building the Elements of Success
Army Strong: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
A Psychologically Fit Army
Global Assessment Tool (GAT)
Online Courses
Emotional Fitness Module
Family Fitness Module
Social Fitness Module
Spiritual Fitness Module
Turning Trauma into Growth
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Growth
Post-Traumatic Growth Course
Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory
Master Resilience Training
Building Mental Toughness
The Hot Seat: Fighting Catastrophic Thoughts in Real Time
Hunt the Good Stuff
Character Strengths
Building Strong Relationships
The Rollout
Positive Physical Health: The Biology of Optimism
Turning Medicine on Its Head
Origins of Learned Helplessness Theory
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
Infectious Illness
Cancer and All-Cause Mortality
Is Well-Being Causal, and How Might It Protect?
Positive Health
Army Database: A National Treasure
Cardiovascular Health Assets
Exercise as a Health Asset
The Politics and Economics of Well-Being
Beyond Money
The Divergence Between GDP and Well-Being
The Financial Downturn
Ethics Versus Values
Optimism and Economics
Reflexive and Nonreflexive Reality
PERMA 51
Appendix: Signature Strengths Test
Thanks and Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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