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Positive Psychology Theory 

While positive psychology has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, the central theories in the field are continuing to evolve. Articles in this section will introduce important theoretical concepts that drive new research in the field.

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What is well-being? And why is authentic happiness theory wrong? In his new book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being., Dr. Seligman shares a new theory of well-being. Click here to read an excerpt from the book and learn about the new goal of positive psychology: to increase not just human happiness, but human flourishing.
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Positive Psychology Initiatives

Positive psychology theory and research has been applied across many domains, from education to health to neuroscience. In this section, you will find articles about some of the larger positive psychology initiatives from the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. These articles are not meant to be comprehensive reviews of the work in these domains – instead, they offer an introductory overview for those who may not be familiar with these projects. For those curious to learn more about these initiatives, we have provided suggestions for learning more where possible.

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Is health more than just the absence of illness? Click here to read about recent efforts in “positive health” to identify the subjective, biological, and functional assets that actually increase health.

Positive Neuroscience

What are the neural mechanisms of human flourishing? Click here to read about a network of researchers studying neuroscience topics ranging from the biological bases of altruism to the effects of positive interventions on the brain.



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Without compromising either, can schools teach both the skills of well-being and the skills of achievement? Click here to read about the possibilities of positive education.

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Should psychotherapy aim to both alleviate depression and increase well-being? Click here to learn about a new positive psychotherapy program.


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Can the army become as psychologically fit as it is physically fit? Click here to learn about the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program that is teaching resilience skills to the U.S. Army community.


Positive Psychology Newsletters 

From time to time, Dr. Seligman provides his latest thoughts with Authentic Happiness readers. Below you will find links to recent and archived newsletters.

Flourish Newsletters
In the Flourish newsletters, Dr. Seligman will be sharing his latest thoughts on well-being, flourishing, and positive psychology. Check this space regularly for updates.

June 2011

Positive Health

April 2011

A New Theory


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Authentic Happiness Newsletters
This is an archive of previously published Authentic Happiness Coaching Newsletters. There is no charge to access these newsletters.

The Authentic Happiness Newsletters provide important information concerning research and opinions about the field of Positive Psychology.

Click here to access the Authentic Happiness Newsletters.

The Authentic Happiness Coaching Newsletters provide important insights into character strengths and virtues.

Click here to access the Authentic Happiness Coaching Newsletters