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Flourish A New Understanding of Happiness, Well-being - and How to Achieve Them by Martin E.P. Seligman

Flourish A New Understanding of Happiness, Well-being - and How to Achieve Them

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From one of the main voices in the positive psychology movement, a guide to flourishing - a guide for you, the reader, for employers, government and nations - written to show what it takes for human beings to flourish and live fulfilled lives. Martin Seligman provides the help, advice and inspiration that readers need to become that healthier, happier human being. It might look like a ten-a-penny self-help book but this is more than that, a serious, science based guide to changing your life – for the better.

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Flourish A New Understanding of Happiness, Well-being - and How to Achieve Them by Martin E.P. Seligman

From the author of the International Bestseller Authentic Happiness. In this groundbreaking book, one of the world's foremost academic psychologists - and founder of the Positive Psychology movement - offers a new theory on what makes people flourish and how to truly get the most out of life. Flourish is a fascinating evolution of Seligman's thinking, and offers inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action - innovative schools that add resilience to their curricula; a new theory of success and intelligence; and evidence on how positive physical health can turn medicine on its head. Building on his game-changing work on optimism, motivation and character, Seligman shows us how to flourish and bring well-being into both our personal lives and society as a whole. Wellbeing is a way of thinking that the new coalition government is taking very seriously indeed.


'At last, psychology gets serious about glee, fun and happiness. Martin Seligman has given us a gift - a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life.' -- Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

'No psychologist in history has done more than Martin Seligman to discover the keys to flourishing and then give them away to the world. Flourish is full of specific techniques you can use to change yourself, your relationships, and your organization. More importantly, Seligman teaches you how to look at life and see possibilities, rather than constraints. If you lead people, work with people, or know any people, you should read this book.
-- Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis

'The spread of positive psychology is a key development in world culture. This book tells the remarkable story, including its adoption by the U.S. Army. -- Professor Richard Layard, founder-director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics

'A compelling view of a positive human future, for individuals, corporations, and nations, brilliantly told.' --Tony Hsieh, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of, Inc.

'You might think you know about well-being and positive psychology, but there's so much more you can learn in FLOURISH. With flashes of brilliance, rigorous research, and stories so absorbing that they're impossible to put down, Seligman's new book contains wisdom garnered over a long and storied career - a calling that leads him to work with billionaire philanthropists, British lords, Army generals, Australian school kids, and thousands of bright and creative scientists, students, educators, and mental health professionals. If you liked Authentic Happiness, you will like Flourish ten times more. This book is bound to be not only a source of knowledge, but a fount of inspiration.' -- Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

'Brilliant, beautiful, useful, and true. How many books can you say that about? Well, you can say it for sure about Flourish. Written by a master of research as well as a thoroughly joyful man, Flourish will allow you to flourish if you simply read the book and follow its sane, sage, ground-breaking advice. Skeptics, beware! This book will prove you wrong. You actually can plan your way to a joyful and fulfilling life. Read and rejoice! -- Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Shine: Using Brain Science to Bring the Best from Your People

'One of the leading psychologists in the world has applied his wisdom and experience to the task of increasing wellness, resilience, and happiness for everyone. He also offers a blueprint for policy makers at the national level to promote better performance in the classroom, mental fitness in the military, and health orientation in the practice of medicine. This volume is written in the lucid style characteristic of Seligman and represents a landmark in positive psychology.' -- Aaron T. Beck, M.D., founder of Cognitive Therapy

About the Author

Martin Seligman PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Positive Psychology Network, gave the Centennial address to the British Psychological Society in 2002 and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cardiff. A former President of the American Psychological Association, he has written 20 books including the bestselling Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness and in 2009 was awarded the British Academy's Wiley Prize in Psychology. He is widely considered the pre-eminent expert on applied psychology in the world.

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1st May 2011


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Nicholas Brealey Publishing an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


368 pages


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