July 26th 2018 – Authentic Happiness

Our very first Reader’s Cafe!

In a nutshell, Seligman argues that, the same way that negative events and perspectives have the potential to harm health and contribute towards a downward spiral, positive events and positive thinking have the potential to enhance health and contribute to an upward spiral. He aims to wrest actions away from dealing only with the outcomes of illness in a disease model and to also direct efforts towards preventative strategies. Seligman declares, “Reliving the states that make life miserable, it seems, has made building the states that make life worth living less of a priority.” Differentiating between “pleasure” and “gratification,” he argues that authentic happiness occurs when people find ways to employ their personal signature strengths into their loves, lives, and work.