Martin Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focuses on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethnopolitical conflict, and optimism. He is a best-selling author of several books, including, most recently, “Flourish”. In 1996, Seligman was elected president of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history.

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The discipline of positive psychology studies what free people choose when they are not oppressed. I call these desiderata the elements of “well-being,” and when an individual or nation has them in abundance I say it is “flourishing.” Governments continue to organize their politics and economics around the relief of suffering, and I cannot …

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