Flourish

A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
by Martin Seligman | 368 pages

Martin Seligman is one of the founding fathers of the Positive Psychology movement and this is the third Note we’ve done on one of his books. (Check out the Notes on his other classics: Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness for more science of happiness goodness.) In this Note, we’ll explore his shift from Authentic Happiness Theory to Well-Being Theory as we wrap our brains around PERMA, his model of well-being that consists of Positive emotions + Engagement + Relationships + Meaning + Achievement. Good times.


“This book will help you flourish.

There, I have finally said it.

I have spent my professional life avoiding unguarded promises like this one. I am a research scientist, and a conservative one at that. The appeal of what I write comes from the fact that it is grounded in careful science: statistical tests, validated questionnaires, thoroughly researched exercises, and large, representative samples. In contrast to pop psychology and the bulk of self-improvement, my writings are believable because of the underlying science.”

~ Martin Seligman from Flourish

Martin Seligman is one of the founding fathers of the positive psychology movement and this is the third Note we’ve done on one of his books. (Check out the Notes on his other classics: Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness for more science of happiness goodness.)

I got this book the day it was released and I HIGHLY recommend it.

It’s an interesting and inspiring mix of personally practical, scientifically-grounded wisdom and an inspiring public policy call-to-action on what’s possible in education, government and business.

As always, we’re going to focus on a handful of my favorite practical Big Ideas—stuff that we can immediately apply to our lives.

We’ll barely scratch the surface of this great book. If you’re feelin’ it, I think you’ll LOVE it. (So, go get it. :)

For now, let’s jump in!

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Authors

Martin Seligman

the founder of Positive Psychology