Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology


Some interesting questions posed:

  1. How are extremely happy people different than extremely miserable people?
    Can psychology make miserable people less miserable?
    Can psychology actually make people happier?
  2. Can interventions build happy lives? What kinds?
  3. Flow experiences – during flow you can’t feel anything (good or bad), time stops, intense concentration.

3 Kinds of Happy Life.

  1. The pursuit of pleasure (not very effective alone)
  2. The pursuit of engagement (flow states)
  3. The pursuit of meaning

Positive Interventions

  1. Desigining a beautiful day (employing savoring and mindfuless)
  2. Gratitude visit
  3. Strengths date
  4. Fun versus philanthropy

Should we just stop at relieving misery? Or promoting skills of a happy life (pleasure, engagement and meaning).

For more information about positive psychology, see


About Casey

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road Again
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