In a happy new development, the scientific study of human well-being is beginning to move beyond what has come to be known as mere “Happyology”. One of the best-known pioneers of positive psychology, Professor Martin Seligman, last month released his new book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. Seligman insists he is not recanting the approach that has made him a world-renowned expert on optimism, but he now regrets the title of his best-selling 2002 book Authentic Happiness. Telling reporters he was naive in the past to think well-being was based only on mood, the director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania says we need to be much clearer about what he calls the true human desiderata.
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