In chapter 2 of his book, Authentic Happiness, Seligman writes of his personal story of how he came to research about this subject, happiness. He started out by researching learned helplessness and he came to trying to answer the following questions on page 23, “What is it about some people that imparts buffering strength, making them invulnerable to helplessness? What is it about other people that makes them collapse at the first inkling of trouble?” He goes on the tell about optimism and pessimism and how he wrote Learned Optimism and, with him being a pessimist, he uses his own techniques to overcome his pessimism.
He explains further about how he came about to write Authentic Happiness. You will need to read in this chapter the delightful story he told of a conversation with his granddaughter that was the “aha” moment he needed to write this book. All-in-all, this chapter is a personal narrative by Seligman about this part of his life. It is interesting to read, but I always like a good story, don’t you? Have fun reading!!
Note: This is a spiritual book club series on the book, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, a professor the University of Pennsylvania in Psychology. He has also written Learned Optimisim. If you would like to order this book, click the Barnes and Noble icon below: