Martin Seligman

Past determines your future: True or False?

Posted on November 7th, by Albert in Future, Past. No Comments

“Do you believe that your past determines your future? To the extent that you believe that the past determines the future, you will tend to allow yourself to be a passive vessel that does not actively change its course. Such beliefs are responsible for magnifying many people’s inertia. You can overcome this by increasing your gratitude about the good things in your past which intensifies positive memories, and to learn how to forgive past wrongs which defuses the bitterness that makes satisfaction impossible.” – Martin Seligman, “Authentic Happiness”

Pessimists and Optimists

Posted on October 27th, by Albert in Optimism. No Comments

Here’s the difference between pessimists and optimists when dealing with setbacks or frustrations: “pessimists automatically think ‘it’s going to last forever, undermine everything, and it’s my fault’, optimists, in contrast, interpret the setbacks as surmountable, particular to a single problem, and resulting from temporary circumstances or other people.” – Martin Seligman from “Authentic Happiness”

Don’t Correct Your Weaknesses

Posted on April 5th, by Albert in Accept, Action, Giving, Happiness, Power, Purpose, Success. No Comments

“I do not believe that you should devote overly much effort to correcting your weaknesses. Rather, I believe that the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your signature strengths.”

“The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power, or goodness. A life that does this is pregnant with meaning, and if God comes at the end, such a life is sacred.”

~ Martin Seligman from Authentic Happiness

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