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Welcome to the Authentic Happiness Website!

Here you can learn about Positive Psychology through readings, videos, research, surveys, opportunities and more.

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive.

New! Foundations of Positive Psychology

Enrollment is now open for a specialization in Foundations of Positive Psychology via Coursera. Earn an online certificate taught by:
  • Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman
  • Dr. James Pawelski
  • Dr. Angela Duckworth
  • Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft
  • Dr. Karen Reivich

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Grit: New Book by Dr. Angela Duckworth

Discover Positive Health

Our health care system has long focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. But health is more than absence of disease. Positive Health focuses on promoting people’s positive health assets—strengths that can contribute to a longer, healthy life.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Program

at the University of Pennsylvania


The questionnaires on Authentic Happiness measure character strengths and different aspects of happiness and well-being.  It's free to take our questionnaires, but you'll first need to register.

Introducing LexHub

A hub for data, tools, publications, conferences, researchers, and
almost any resource in the growing field of language analysis for social

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Study Opportunity

Participate in positive psychology online research: Help us learn about well-being

Positive Psychology Books

Check out the huge variety of books on positive psychology.

MAPP Program

Learn to apply the principles and tools of positive psychology to any professional domain or as preparation for further study in a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. program, in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Theory of Well-Being