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BOOK: Authentic Happiness

Published in 2002 by Random House, this book by psychologist Dr Martin E. P Seligman is the friendly public face of positive psychology, an accessible and practical guide to integrating its principles into your life. The fundamental difference between the positive psychological approach to happiness and that of more traditional self help is the focus on using strengths rather than filling in skills gaps, or analyzing weaknesses. Seligman asks the question, “Can you make youself lastingly happier” and draws on research to show the areas of life where happiness can be improved, and what actually makes us happy.

Seligman provides lots of tools, such as the optimism test, the signature strengths test and the gratitude survey. Many of these tests are available online at http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu

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