Authentic Happiness

What is Authentic Happiness?

Authentic Happiness is the result of scientific research about what truly makes human beings happy. The 24 week Vanguard program that I took gave me the expertise to assess other peopleís happiness quotient and to provide them with the tools to increase it in ways that are doable and easy.

From the inside flap of the book: 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 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. Seligman teaches readers that happiness can be cultivated by identifying and using many of the strengths and traits that they already possess--including kindness, originality, humor, optimism, and generosity. By frequently calling upon their "signature strengths" in all the crucial realms of life, readers 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.

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 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.

Who is Martin Seligman, Ph.D?

Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the director of the Positive Psychology Network, and the former president of the American Psychological Association. Among his twenty books are Learned Optimism and The Optimistic Child.

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What can I offer to you?

I am available for programs, workshops, one-on-one coaching and speaking engagements on this exciting field. I can tailor the program to be relevant to your organizationís needs. I provide coaching services to help you increase your emotional intelligence.

What is the next step?

Call Johanna at 1-877-607-6696 to discuss the options for your unique application and together we can see if it would be the right thing for you.

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