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

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Martin E.P. Seligman

Narrated By: John Dossett

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2002

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes


In Authentic Happiness, the bestselling 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. Happiness can be cultivated by identyfying and using many of the strengths and traits that listeners already possess -- including kindness, originality, humor, optimism, and generosity. By frequently calling upon their "signature strengths," listeners will develop natural buffers against misfortune and the experience of negative emotion -- elevating their lives to a fresh, more positive place.
Drawning 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 strengthts can be nurtured throughout our lives, yielding benefits to our health, relationships, and careers.
Seligman provides the "Signature Strengths Survey" that can be used to measure how much positive emotion listeners experience, in order to help determine what their highest strengths are. Authentic Happiness shows how to identify the very best in ourselves, so we can achieve new and sustainable levels of authentic contentment, gratification, and meaning.


  • Erich R.

    Stuff they should teach to high schoolers

  • joe joe

    Oh my goodness this is truly a necessary book. Very enlightening, easy to understand yet extremely intellegent. I am listening to it for the fourth time...just to really 'get it' and I've just ordered several to give to friends who can greatly benefit from it. A very interesting study for those of us who are fascinated with how happiness actually comes about.

  • David C

    This is a good book (and well read) that basically provides documentation through research and studies for many of the trusims we have heard, e.g., money does not buy happiness, etc. Also provides some practical tools to increase one's happiness. There are some interesting studies, and is a good "refresher." I recommend it to everyone.