Flourish: a new understanding of happiness and wellbeing by Martin Seligman Ph D

"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, of which Dr. Seligman has been one of the front runners, is different - it's about actually raising the bar for the human condition. Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman's earlier work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling his 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, his proposition is that 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 centre stage 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. This book is thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policy. Flourish tells inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action; 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.