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Monday, June 25, 2007

Authentic Happiness - A New Link

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I've added a new link to the list: Authentic Happiness, which is a website based on the precepts of Positive Psychology, an innovative way of looking at psychology that chooses to reinforce a person’s good points, positive emotions, strong character traits, and to build on them, rather than rummaging in childhood traumas, in order to support the individual in his/her quest for growth and freedom.

Martin Seligmann, author of a number of books, including the bestselling one by the same name as the website: Authentic Happiness, is the psychologist responsible for this new wave of positive thought in psychology. 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. Seligman provides the Signature Strengths Survey along with a variety of brief tests that can be used to measure how much positive emotion readers experience, in order to help determine what their highest strengths are. The life-changing lessons of Authentic Happiness help us identify the very best in ourselves, so we can improve the world around us and achieve new and sustainable levels of authentic contentment, gratification, and meaning. (Source)

On the Authentic Happiness website numerous tests are offered to help you figure out where you stand on the happiness, relationship, strengths, optimism, and many others. The Resource section of the website also offers numerous link to many other websites well worth visiting in order to better understand the concepts of PP (Positive Psychology).

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