By: Martin E. P. Seligman
Book reviewed by: Krista Dickens
Learning about well-being, promotes well- being. Flourish by
Dr. Martin Seligman is a captivating read that defines well-being through
positive psychology and identifies how to apply it personally and
Educators may be most intrigued by the information regarding Positive Education: Teaching Well-Being to Young People. Though a specific program and curriculum are highlighted, the content covered and the strategies for teaching, embedding and living well-being is enough to lead to game changing conversations and practices in schools. Comments from Dr Seligman such as, "I want a revolution in world education" and "Schools at every level should teach these skills [of well-being or how to have more positive emotion, more meaning, better relationships, and more positive accomplishment]" will resonate with educators for sure!
Why I Recommend This Book:
Flourish may initially grab your attention as an educator, but it will keep you reading by identifying ways to flourish that you may relate to- directly or indirectly (via a loved one) including: the treatment of depression, psychological fitness of military personnel, addressing trauma, promoting physical health, and growing GRIT/ character/achievement. Sprinkled throughout the book, you’ll find free, easy and effective exercises you can use personally to promote your own well-being (e.g. Kindness Exercise- Find one wholly unexpected kind thing to do tomorrow and just do it; notice what happens to your mood. Identifying your Signature Strengths at www.authentichappiness.org) Get this book, then get ready to dial up your own well-being, happy reading!