When I first discovered the book “Authentic Happiness’ in the library I was ecstatic! Not because of the title, nor a perceived illusion that it was going to make me ‘happy’ (not at all).
I was ecstatic because it represented one of the very few books available at the time where I was that was beginning to offer research into how people flourished.
To that point I’d spent many many years reading about pathology and in fact that included an all immersive year in reading and research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Don’t get me wrong here. I find many facets of psychology quite fascinating (with preferences for some fields more than others) yet I felt the ‘picture’ I had was quite limited and categorizing.
A lot of further research has emerged since the publication of that book.
One strand that was planted in that book and developed very well is the ‘signature strengths’ approach.
As Seligman says:
“I do not believe that you should devote overly much effort to correcting your weaknesses. Rather, I believe that the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your signature strengths.”
If you’d like to do a free signature strengths test pop over to:
You might be pleasantly surprised as to what you learn about yourself.