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Thursday, 28 July 2011

More than happiness

So taken was I with Martin Seligman's short lecture at the RSA (see previous post of the video), that I bought his latest book. It is particularly salient for those of us working with communities and organisations to improve the quality of life.


His identifies the five elements that are to be found in people who are flourishing:


Positive emotions
Engagement (being absorbed by and in some activity)
Relationships - positive ones
Meaning - a sense that their life has purpose and meaning
Accomplishment

He shows how people can consciously increase their ability to flourish. And provides the evidence to support his theory of flourishing. This has important implications for policy making as some governments and authorities are discovering.  


It will also provide a useful check list for my work with clients. Useful for yours as well?

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