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If you look through the zillions of self-help books published every year, you’ll find a lot of people claiming to know the secrets to happiness and a fulfilling life. Clearly, people are interested in happiness psychology. The problem is that too much of this advice comes from one person’s unique experience or worse, his or her mere speculations about what ought to make people happy. Recently, the field of psychology has applied science-based research methods to separate the techniques that work from the ones that are simply junk. This course - produced via Lifevise - offers a guide through the little life changes that can help you cultivate a happier life, as revealed through the psychological science.
For sustainable development to flourish, we have to recognize that social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. It's only when they are considered together that society can evolve. Sustainable happiness is the key to our progress. Our Happiness and wellbeing are not only why sustainability matters; it's how we can get there. The good news is that everyone can make a difference. Learn how it all starts within.
Bestselling author, world leading psychologist and expert adviser on wellbeing at the highest level of international public policy, Martin Seligman appeared live in the Concert Hall on Sunday 17th Feb. According to Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from focusing on personal strengths rather than weaknesses and working with them to improve all aspects of your life. Watch as he speaks about everything from positive emotions and relationships to the politics and economics of well-being.
A team from the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University has written the HAPPY Higher Education Instructor’s Guide for instructors who want to bring the powerful educational components of the film, HAPPY, into the classroom. The free, resource-rich publication pairs with the educational version of HAPPY. The HAPPY Higher Education Instructor’s Guide introduces students to the concepts of positive psychology, well-being, and the well-lived life. Resources are provided for digging deeper into the concepts presented in the film and for helping students to reflect on how the film relates to their own lives and to the lives of those around them. The concepts are part of a large body of knowledge that could be part of an hour of class or an entire course of study.  At the end of the guide is a section devoted to happiness and self-renewal that includes resources, practices, and reflective questions to help explore these topics.
This chapter summarises the work which is unfolding and evolving in South Australia lead by many different partners in the residency. Some partners had begun their work in this space prior to the Residency and recognized the engagement of Martin Seligman in South Australia as an opportunity to further their work and connect to the broader strategy. Other partners used the Residency as a vehicle to begin their work on wellbeing. All of these organizations and individuals are at different stages in their journey. Building PERMA, as an individual or an organization, is not a one-step process. It really is a journey. Those organizations that have been working in this area for several years have longer stories to tell than those that are just beginning the work. Each of these journeys is individually significant. It is the sum of all of his work that makes what is happening in South Australia truly extraordinary. This section gives form to the volume of work, the scale and type of learning and leadership that is occurring across South Australia.
This report outlines Professor Martin Seligman’s theory of wellbeing, introduces and explains the main concepts of wellbeing and discusses how South Australia could move from theory to practice to increase the wellbeing of all South Australians. This report does not provide a full academic summary, but, as with all Adelaide Thinkers in Residence reports, it is designed to capture key components and concepts of the Thinkers’s expertise (in this case Positive Psychology) and to argue the logic behind the specific and detailed recommendations for South Australia.