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Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Martin E. P. Seligman
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'Martin Seligman is the inventor of positive psychology and a major figure in the well-being movement. This makes him a significant figure in world culture. A happier society requires us to attend much more to the quality of our inner life, and to proven methods for improving it. This is important stuff.' Professor Richard Layard, Observer

'I was immediately chamred. Seligman's intentions are admirable and exciting. He is consumed by his mission, which is to take psychology on from its traditional role in alleviating misery, and broaden it into positive psychology - the entirely different art of teaching us how to be wiser, stronger, more generous to others, more self-disciplined, and more capable of dealing with difficulty and rejection. The book is full of nuggets about why positive approaches work. Admirable and exciting.' Sunday Times

'Since Martin Seligman launched the positive psychology movement more than a decade ago, his methods have attracted a global following, including David Cameron... The rise of 'positive psychology' has been all but unstoppable, with Seligman's book Authentic Happiness its key text... Now, in his book Flourish, happiness is out and well-being, or 'flourishing', is in.' Psychologies

'His most personal and boldest book so far... Seligman's book is a paean to applied science, a blue-print for how to translate empirical evidence from the laboratory to the real world... Unlike many authors, he offers detailed and tested solutions as well as compelling arguments for how societies can aim to raise the amount of positive emotion, meaning, good relationships and accomplishment in their citizens... Everyone stands to benefit from his initiatives. If they are happy, flourishing or enjoying well-being, people won't care about the labels that researchers attach to those good feelings.' Nature

'Seligman describes several exercises that are easy to do and result in a significant and lasting effect on people's self-reported sense of well-being. (For example, each night, write down three things that went well that day and why.) Coming up with these exercises is high art - the description of their effect is compelling and left me promising myself to do them... readers who persevere will remember many of the points that Seligman made in this book - and will act on at least some of them... Some of his insights could really lead to greater well-being for society as a whole.' Huffington Post

'Martin Seligman did the world a service by focusing his profession's attention away from correcting negatives and towards promoting positives...flourishing is to be welcomed.' --Financial Times

"Martin Seligman did the world a service by focusing his profession s attention away from correcting negatives and towards promoting positives...flourishing is to be welcomed."
Financial Times

"Martin Seligman is the inventor of positive psychology and a major figure in the well-being movement. This makes him a significant figure in world culture... this is important... Full of fascinating detail of how this extraordinary venture is developing"
Richard Layard, for Observer

"I was immediately charmed... Seligman's intentions are admirable and exciting. He is consumed by his mission, which is to take psychology on from its traditional role in alleviating misery, and broaden it into positive psychology -- the entirely different art of teaching us how to be wiser, stronger, more generous to others, more self-disciplined, and more capable of dealing with difficulty and rejection... The book is full of nuggets about why positive approaches work."
The Sunday Times


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“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, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different—it’s about actually raising the bar for the human condition.

Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new 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, 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 stage front and center, 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.

Thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policy—the very fabric of society—Flourish tells inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action, including how the entire U.S. Army is now trained in emotional resilience; 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. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 La nouvelle science du bien-être 2 mai 2011
Un nouveau livre important sur la science du bien-être.

Positive psychology has come to be defined as "the scientific study of what enables individuals and communities to thrive". "Flourish" explores this concept of thriving. The last 15 years, Martin Seligman has been one of the major driving forces behind positive psychology. He has authored influential bestsellers such as Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life (1991) and Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment (2002). Now, again about a decade later, Seligman writes a new account of what he has been teaching and telling on conferences lately. He does so in a somewhat peculiar mix: a) a manifesto for a broad science of well-being, b) accounts of positive psychology research and practice, interlaced with c) a backstage history of positive psychology.

a) First of all, "Flourish" is a manifesto for a science of well-being. Seligman departs from his earlier "Authentic Happiness" concept and posits the broader topic of "well-being". "Authentic happiness" comprised three components: 1. positive emotion (feeling good), 2. engagement (flow) and 3. meaning. Seligman now adds two more components of well-being: 4. positive relationships and 5. accomplishment. To my humble opinion, the addition of 4. positive relationships is long overdue, whereas the addition of 5. accomplishment may turn out to be controversial.

b) Next, this book gives several examples of well-being research. Don't expect yet another pop self-help peptalk of "happiness in 5 easy steps".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A lire absolument 8 avril 2013
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"Flourish" n'est pas un livre facile de prime abord. Dense, volumineux, il peut impressionner. Cependant, il reflète et condense pratiquement tout le travail de Martin Seligman depuis 30 ans. A lire sans hésitation. A quand une version française?
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A truly lost opportunity! 23 juin 2011
Par Mehrad Ahari - Publié sur Amazon.com
The book starts brilliantly. Professor Seligman offers a revision to his famous theory of happiness and puts forward such a thrilling hypothesis, that I was hesitant to put the book down for a while.

However, and as the reader impatiently waits for the good doctor to explain his new theory in details - after all, it is easy to say you need "engagement" without defining what engagement really is and how it can be achieved - the book moves away from the message and turns into a boring, uninteresting manifesto in defence of positive psychology in general, and professor Seligman's credentials in particular.

He spends more time, trying to sell the idea than he does explaining it, as if he is making an extraordinary effort to convert unbelievers, than to preach to the already converted. Considering that the majority of those who would buy the book are among the latter group, I am baffled why he decided to turn this into a marketing material!

The book continues with more validating examples of positive psychology's successes, including two excruciating chapters about Seligman's work with the military. His repeatedly defensive arguments - specially those targeted at Barbara Ehrenreich and her likeminded entourage - are more suitable for an op-ed column than for a book of this calibre.

Toward the end, Seligman steps into an economic debate about the financial crisis, with such flimsy analogies that makes you wonder why this titan of the psychology should step out of his field of expertise so carelessly!

All being said, "Flourish" is a good book, and for those who are looking for fresh ideas, it does provide enough rich and valuable content to justify the time/money invested. It is just disappointing that the book stops short of being a ground-braking masterpiece, and settles for - well - a merely interesting read.

As for those who wanted to know more about Professor's new theory - myself included - "Flourish" is not the book we were waiting for. Let's hope his next book is.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Passionate Defense of Something Important 10 avril 2011
Par Book Fanatic - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is not a great book and it certainly has its flaws. However, it is a fairly well written book by Martin Seligman, one of the founders of Positive Psychology, and provides a passionate argument for his latest thinking on well being. He has changed his views over the last decade and he explains how and why in this book. The topic is important and if Seligman is right, he has made a major contribution to human flourishing with his work.

I read Barbara Ehrenrich's Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America a while back and I admit that it caused me to doubt to some degree Seligman's credibility. Shame on me and this book showed me how wrong I was to let her influence me in that regard.

If you are looking for a step-by-step recipe for flourishing, a traditional type of self-help book, you will not find it here. This book is much more theoretical and it spends a lot of time on the evidence and research for Seligman's views on well being. Having said that, you certainly can glean what it takes to flourish from reading it. I just want to make clear this book is mostly about theory and evidence and not about practical steps individuals can take on their own.

My biggest complaint about the book is that it spends too much time detailing specific projects the author is currently working on or has worked on in the past. He spends two full chapters on his work with the army. He does that to support his argument and to some degree I think to establish his credibility. While it is somewhat interesting, it's just too much.

If you are interested in a theory of human flourishing then I think this book would be a valuable addition to your library. I definitely recommend it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A delicious appetizer but lacking the main course 12 avril 2011
Par Peter Davies - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Dr. Seligman starts off reviewing why he has moved on from authentic happiness to well-being. While not giving up on authentic happiness, he argues that while happiness is an important concept, the notion of well-being involves a number of factors in addition to happiness.
The book is comprehensive in nature, covering everything from happiness to sex in space to a denial that he ever helped the U.S. military develop torture techniques. That comprehensiveness, is however, the book's weakness as well as its strength. The book does start with ways to achieve well-being at a personal level, including some exercises to do so. Just as it began to get interesting on that topic, the author switches to introducing well-being into the education system and just as that becomes interesting he switches to well-being in the military and so on. He also has a tendency to go off on tangents throughout the book, further diminishing the book's focus. Because of this it was hard to discern the target audience of the book, with some parts being suitable to the lay-person while others were best suited to psychologists or similar professionals.
Having said all that, I did enjoy the book and found the occasional gem of wisdom. However as stated in a previous critique, this is not a self-help book and those wishing to learn how to flourish will be disappointed. I would recommend his prior book Authentic Happiness for those wanting to learn self-improvement. For those wanting an overview of positive psychology and the various settings it could be used in, the book does provide a basic overall introduction to the subject area. However it does not contain much information that would be useful to the lay-person or to clinicians and their clients.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed. 25 juin 2011
Par Runnymead - Publié sur Amazon.com
I agree with the reviews by Davies, Chuck, Schonzeist, George, and Ahari that point out that Seligman starts out in Chapters 1 & 2 with an important thesis. We can all help our selves to flourish and have a better life. Unfortunately after that the author looses his way. There is too much self-congratulation and too much name dropping. Too many testimonials and too little factual information. The book seems to waver between a guide to flourishing for the intelligent lay person to a guide for professionals to help others flourish. Consequently it is unsatisfactory for either audience. I would hope the author would try again as the topic is of great practical relevance for overcoming the general negativity found in the world today.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 a rejection of happiness? 30 octobre 2011
Par D&D - Publié sur Amazon.com
Seligman was the first to move psychology from focusing exhaustively on what's wrong to looking at what's right. And that changed everything.

That change of focus may seem obvious now but it was actually a stroke of genius because it's hard - almost impossible - to create good from bad. Could anyone learn to play a musical instrument well from bad musicians, for example? However, given psychology's obsession up until then on what was wrong, Seligman's amazing accomplishment - creating an important branch that studies what is right - is akin to an instant U-turn by Allure of the Seas, currently the world's largest cruise ship (the size of a city block 16 stories high).

"Flourish" is not a repeat of his previous books as some appear to claim. Actually it represents Seligman's rejection of happiness as THE measurement of what's right. He explains this at length here but the essence seems to be that he has recognized the shallowness of measuring happiness, especially since it is so subjective but also because mood plays such a large part in happiness. He now argues that well-being is far more important.

Why only three stars? I felt there was really only a booklet worth of value in this book which, like so many written by academics (whose jobs can require them to "publish or die"), has a lot of "filler" (which can be entertaining if in the right mood for it). I scanned through this book to get the bones, the few gems of wisdom, which can probably be summarized by his definition, in an early chapter, of the five elements of well-being which are:

1. positive emotion (the pleasant life - subjective and coincidentally also important for happiness),
2. engagement (also subjective, and perhaps best explained by what Cziksentmihalyi calls Flow),
3. meaning (oddly, Seligman did not address purpose, which seems related),
4. positive relationships (other people), and
5. accomplishment (both accomplishment in its momentary form, and the "achieving life," a life dedicated to accomplishment for the sake of accomplishment, in its extended form).

There are a few practical activities recommended in this book, among them kindness (numerous small acts of giving, using your time to help others and not just giving away money) and the What-Went-Well Exercise (also called "Three Blessings"). (Doing three random acts of kindness daily (even the smallest, like smiling at someone) is guaranteed to make you more joyful within 3 weeks. How easy is that?!)

Seligman explains the What-Went-Well Exercise by first acknowledging that sometimes it makes sense to analyze bad events so that we can learn from them and avoid them in the future. However, he says, people tend to spend more time thinking about what is bad in life than is helpful. Worse, this focus on negative events sets us up for anxiety and depression. One way to keep this from happening is to get better at thinking about and savoring what went well.

The Three Blessings exercise goes like this: Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well. You may use a journal or your computer to write about the events, but it is important that you have a physical record of what you wrote. The three things need not be earthshaking in importance ("My husband picked up my favorite ice cream for dessert on the way home from work today"), but they can be important ("My sister just gave birth to a healthy baby boy"). Next to each positive event, answer the question "Why did this happen?" For example, if you wrote that your husband picked up ice cream, write "because my husband is really thoughtful sometimes" or whatever.

You don't have to read the book to see if you can benefit from this exercise. Try it for the next week. [see P.S. at end] Then choose to read this book, or not.

Later note: Having researched emotions for over 3 decades (more intensively during some periods than others), thanks to Seligman, I've spent well over a decade exhaustively researching what's known about happiness. You might also want to take a look at my top practical books on happiness:

- "The How of Happiness" by Lyubomirsky, solidly based on research by an insider, one of the most original and creative scientists within the field of happiness studies itself;

- for its detailed action steps that work well with "How": "Emotional Toolkit" by Mininni;

- Lyubomirsky's second book, "The Myths of Happiness" is more practical, sharing the secrets she has learned from rigorously conducted scientific studies;

- "Happy for No Reason" by Shimoff;

- "Beyond Willpower" by Loyd, presents amazingly quick processes for emotional clearing and success, it's even more powerful than his previous book "The Healing Code" for which there are over a thousand reviews here, including many success stories and even physical healings;

- probably my number 1 is, "To Love is to be Happy With", a classic written by the founder of the famous "Options Institute", where people can live the process explained in his book.

I also rate these books, which elaborate on different aspects already known and reported within the happiness/health field:

- in 2015: "I Heart Me: The Science Of Self-Love" by Hamilton and particularly "Beyond Willpower" by Loyd, sharing amazingly quick processes for emotional clearing and success, it's even more powerful than his previous book "The Healing Code" for which there are over a thousand reviews here, including many success stories and even physical healings.

- in 2013, "Happy Money” by Dunn & Norton, about how best to spend your money to buy more happiness, "Scarcity" by Mullainathan & Shafir on the cost of not having enough (anything - food, money, time, friends, etc) and "Love 2.0", the second book by the eminent researcher Frederickson, on the myriad benefits of loving kindness - even the book felt much kinder than her first, the 2009 "Positivity", on the tipping point created by having 3 positive thoughts to every negative or neutral thought;

- in 2012, "The Longevity Project" by Friedman and Martin is a groundbreaking 80-year overview on what is really directly linked to happiness and health and "Resilience" by Southwick and Charney, who identify ten key and researched ways to weather, and bounce back from, stress and trauma;

- in 2011, McTaggart's "The Bond" on the importance of relationships; and

- in 2010, "Why Kindness is Good For You" by Hamilton which expands on the importance of kindness and helping.

However, in the end, having worked on myself intensively by using many of the tips, techniques and tools that I have learned about over the last 15 years, I found that HEALTH is the biggest determinant of happiness. To me, happiness is directly linked to well-being - in the sense of being well. Yes, there are happy sick people but for most of us it is our basic constitution that controls our level of happiness. This is not exactly the same as the now-famous "happiness set point" because there are ways to improve basic health whereas it seems the set point is, well, set.

P.S. I hesitated about whether to add this but finally decided it would be the ethical choice: having tried the Three Blessings exercise every day for a week, I found myself increasingly upset about the minimal nature of the blessings I was able to scrape up. They were either of the petty/pitiful "spouse brought ice cream home" nature or something nice that had happened to a friend or relative. All this did for me - every day! - was highlight how pathetic was my life, or the exercise, it did not much matter to me, I found.

Others suggest you do this exercise only once or twice a week, maybe that would have worked better. Perhaps not, though: As "The Longevity Project" points out: "...an artificial attempt to express gratitude...works (at cheering you up) in the short term but then falls by the wayside unless it strengthens social bonds." Also, as Ehrenreich comments in "Smile or Die", her diatribe against positive thinking/illusions (essentially self-hypnosis): By and large, most of us seem to have accepted positive thinking as a substitute for our former affluence and security. Yet it seems this infatuation has not made us happier.

Later, I came across a discussion of negative outcomes for gratitude journals: Dr Jeffrey Froh discovered that gratitude journals work FOR kids who rarely experience emotions like excitement, hope, strength, interest and inspiration but NOT for those who normally experience a lot of hope and excitement, for whom this exercise has the opposite outcome. It makes those kids feel less happy, hopeful and grateful. Despite this, all the media reports focused ONLY on the benefits to a limited number and failed to report there were two outcomes. These different outcomes are said to be limited to kids, but I don't believe it, based on my own experience.
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