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1/21/09

Martin Seligman & Happiness

Mind Shadows Home Martin Seligman & Happiness

A woman, call her Jane, sees a psychiatrist who prescribes Prozac for her depression. Joe, with bi-polar disorder, takes lithium. They have been helped by the pharmacopeia of drugs made available to the public. Undergoing standard therapies, others have gained a better sense of well being from the data psychology has collected on various mental illnesses. Over the years, psychology has focused on negative mental health, much to the benefit of those suffering from it.

But what about psychological studies on positive mental health? What makes people happy? Until recently, little research has been conducted on that. More

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