Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment Audiobook | Martin E.P. Seligman | Audible.com
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Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment | [Martin E.P. Seligman]

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

Over a decade ago, Martin Seligman charted a new approach to living with "flexible optimism". Now, in his most stimulating and persuasive book to date, the best-selling author of Learned Optimism introduces the revolutionary, scientifically based idea of "Positive Psychology". Positive Psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, asserting that happiness is not the result of good genes or luck.
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Over a decade ago, Martin Seligman charted a new approach to living with "flexible optimism". Now, in his most stimulating and persuasive book to date, the best-selling author of Learned Optimism introduces the revolutionary, scientifically based idea of "Positive Psychology". Positive Psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, asserting that happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Seligman teaches readers that happiness can be cultivated by identifying and using many of the strengths and traits that they already possess: kindness, originality, humor, optimism, and generosity. By frequently calling upon their "signature strengths" in all the crucial realms of life, listeners will not only develop natural buffers against misfortune and the experience of negative emotion, they will move their lives up to a new, more positive plane.

Drawing on groundbreaking psychological research, Seligman shows how Positive Psychology is shifting the profession's paradigm away from its narrow-minded focus on pathology, victimology, and mental illness to positive emotion, virtue and strength, and positive institutions. Our signature strengths can be nurtured throughout our lives, with benefits to our health, relationships, and careers.

The life-changing lesson of Authentic Happiness is that by identifying the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and sustainable levels of authentic contentment, gratification, and meaning.

©2002 Martin Seligman; (P)2002 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"A bold new plan for taking control of your life and finding lasting happiness." (Elle)
"This smooth abridgment, read perfectly by John Dossett, will win new respect for the behavioral sciences, which have taken a beating during the recent resurgence of the spiritual disciplines." (AudioFile)

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    Stefan Norton Newington, CT United States 01-17-09
    Stefan Norton Newington, CT United States 01-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good information good listen"

    I hold a few post BA degrees one of them in psychology. This book is good science and just a plain good listen. Good for serious and casual readers.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Prineville, OR, United States 02-25-12
    Steve Prineville, OR, United States 02-25-12
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    "More child psych than adult..."
    What would have made Authentic Happiness better?

    The author left general psych and adult psych and ended the book on raising children to be well-rounded and of positive disposition. This is valuable, but the intro reviews made no mention of child psychology.


    Has Authentic Happiness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Dossett?

    Narrator was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Up to and including the author's 'H=SCV' formula for happiness (where 'H' equals enduring happiness), the author was interesting and on topic. In this formula, 'V' equals voluntary factors, or, those things which we can voluntarily do to increase our level of 'enduring happiness'. Good. This is just what I am seeking. But from here the author fills his final 1/2 of the book on child raising and did not elucidate on the 'voluntary factors' I was looking to his book to address.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel San Anselmo, CA, USA 04-20-10
    Daniel San Anselmo, CA, USA 04-20-10
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    "Enough good points in there for me"

    This book has several good exercises and observations, which I incorporated into my daily practice. One of the disadvantages is that the segments are about an hour long each and it's really hard (at least on a Blackberry) to go back and find specific locations. Many of the concepts are worth re-hearing. I got another self-help in audiobook and both are good but a bit hard to use in audio format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neuron Sweden 04-15-13
    Neuron Sweden 04-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction audiobook addict.

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    "It didn’t “change my life” but it was still a good"

    I generally dislike self help books (especially the ridiculous ones claiming that the universe or quantum laws are doing the job for you). However, if a book at least aspires to be science based then I am willing to give it a try. In addition positive psychology i.e., the scientific study of what makes happy people happy, is a hot topic within psychology today and Martin Seligman is one of the founders of this field.

    For these reasons I was able to overcome my fear of beeing pursuaded to change my life by a silly self help book. It was a nice surprise when early on Seligman acknowledged that happiness is not everything. One can find meaning in life without being extraordinarily happy. Interestingly, happy/optimistic people are actually quite inaccurate in their beliefs about the world when compared with depressed people. For instance, happy people thought they were in control of completely random events much longer than depressed people who acknowledged their inability to affect events much earlier.

    Still happiness, at least statistically, is correlated with many beneficial effects. Happiness and optimism correlates with longevity, income, and ability to endure pain, and whether or not someone would end up in a happy marriage correlated with the type of smile (genuine or fake panam smiles) people had on photos from their youth.

    So how do you become happy? Having the right genes helps but at least according to Seligman (who does quote a lot of studies), there are thing you can do to become happier. Be warned though, it requires an effort. Up to a rather low limit, money makes you happier. Having friends and a wife is also correlated with happiness.

    Another strategy if you do not fancy wives and friends but would still like to be happy is to engage in gratifying activities. Gratifying activities (e.g. hiking) are the one that make you feel good about yourself for a “long” time after you have done them (often they require you to work in some way). This should be contrasted with pleasurable activities (e.g. eating chocolate) that make you feel good when you do them but not afterwards. Seligman (thankfully) does not say that you should never engage in pleasurable activities, only that to achieve happiness we should really focus on gratifying activities.

    Seligman further argues that it is important to use your “signature strengths”. Signature strengths are essentially the positive parts of your personality. This includes things such as passion, curiosity, openness, integrity, sense of justice humour etc etc. In other words, the things that others value in you. Try to steer towards situations that let you use your signature strengths and you will become a happier person...

    Have this book changes my life? Not really, no. It was interesting and it has made me think more about what type of activities I find gratifying which include training and doing research, and I try to do more of this. All in all “Authentic Happiness” is a good interesting book that I would recommend it to people interested in positive psychology, and who would like a science based understanding of happiness and its consequences.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Wernecke Bay City, MI, United States 04-20-12
    John Wernecke Bay City, MI, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a parish pastor who loves to learn. Listening to books is easier for me in my busy life.

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    "Re-Read and Re-Read"
    Where does Authentic Happiness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a ground breaking and profound book, Listening to it makes it easy to re-read over and over again.


    What did you learn from Authentic Happiness that you would use in your daily life?

    I use the information every day. This book opened up a better way to look at life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Tetonia, ID, United States 09-04-10
    Janet Tetonia, ID, United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting"

    Chock full of stats and data, study results and evidence, to support the theory that one is capable of experiencing one's own happiness. There are no practical exercises to apply to your own life experiences, but plenty of theory and evidence to get one thinking about the application of the principles to one's set of current beliefs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jayson Stanton, CA, United States 07-31-10
    Jayson Stanton, CA, United States 07-31-10
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    "Decent"

    The narrator does a great job. The book has some good points and gets you thinking however the end seems to trail off a bit. I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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