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Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman
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May 05, 2008

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Read in May, 2008

Oh, how I wish this book had a less smarmy title.

I've essentially read it now, and its good points outweigh the less good points. I mostly read it by skimming, except that today I sat down and read three of the key chapters ("Satisfaction with the past", "Optimism in the future", and "Happiness in the present") properly from start to finish.

I was already familiar with Seligman from some work on Signature Strengths, to which I was introduced by a Stephanie Dowrick book.

There's a lot of good value in this book. But I still wish the title was less smarmy.

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