No one has addressed the eternal question of what begets happiness with more rigor and empirical dedication than Dr. Martin Seligman, founding father of Positive Psychology — a movement premised on countering the traditional “disease model” of psychology, which focuses on how to relieve suffering rather than how to amplify well-being. Seligman, whom I first had the pleasure of encountering at my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and who was once elected President of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in the organization’s history, remains one of the most influential psychologists in the study of happiness. This exercise is taken from his bookFlourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.
Laurence Yap has 20 years of industrial experience in organization development and human resource development. He has served in multiple multinational organizations in Asia Pacific Region such as PayPal, Western Digital, First Solar and Pfizer. You can read more about his work in his blog Journey of HRD, Slideshare and Online Portfolio. Email: hrod@laurenceyap..com