Martin Seligman is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Positive Psychology Network. He is the author of 20+ books including Learned Optimism and The Optimistic Child; his latest (co-authored with Gabriella Rosen Kellerman) is Tomorrowmind: Thriving at Work with Resilience, Creativity, and Connection ― Now and in an Uncertain Future.
What We Discuss with Martin Seligman:
- Studies have shown that optimistic people with highly positive emotions live between six and eight years longer than their more pessimistic peers.
- Personality traits, past experiences, and current circumstances can all play a role in shaping an individual’s outlook on life — and their tendency to veer toward optimism or pessimism.
- How Martin’s five-year-old daughter inspired him to stop being a grouch and shift his professional priorities in a more positive direction — all because of her own commitment to stop whining.
- How, by focusing on strengths, resilience, and positive psychological growth, military personnel can learn to better cope with the stresses of their duties and build a more positive and effective team culture.
- How we can apply positive psychology strategies to overcome the crisis of purpose and find greater fulfillment in our lives by cultivating gratitude, setting meaningful goals, practicing mindfulness, and finding ways to serve others — even if we’re predisposed (genetically or otherwise) toward pessimism.
- And much more…
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Studies have shown that optimistic people with highly positive emotions live between six and eight years longer than their more pessimistic peers. In fact, pessimists on the extreme end of the spectrum suffer a hit to their health not dissimilar to that of someone who smokes three packs a day. But what other benefits can we enjoy by trying to cultivate a more positive relationship with how we view the world and our place in it?
On this episode, Tomorrowmind: Thriving at Work with Resilience, Creativity, and Connection ― Now and in an Uncertain Future co-author and legendary psychologist Martin E. P. Seligman joins us to explore thinking styles, optimism, resilience, and how we can take advantage of the benefits that optimism provides, even if it’s not our natural way of thinking. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- Tomorrowmind: Thriving at Work with Resilience, Creativity, and Connection―Now and in an Uncertain Future by Gabriella Rosen Kellerman and Martin E. P. Seligman | Amazon
- Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman | Amazon
- The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience by Martin E. P. Seligman | Amazon
- Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E. P. Seligman | Amazon
- Other Books by Martin Seligman | Amazon
- Authentic Happiness | University of Pennsylvania
- Positive Psychology Center | University of Pennsylvania
- Martin Seligman | University of Pennsylvania
- Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, MD | LinkedIn
- Martin Seligman: The New Era of Positive Psychology | TED Talk
- Sigmund Freud | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Rhonda Cornum | The Vitality Institute
- Catastrophizing: What You Need to Know to Stop Worrying | Healthline
- How Learned Optimism Can Improve Your Life | Verywell Mind
- Humanity’s Crisis of Purpose | Psychology Today
- Positive Emotions in Early Life and Longevity: Findings from the Nun Study | Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
- Smile Intensity in Photographs Predicts Divorce Later in Life | Motivation and Emotion
- Positive Emotional Style Predicts Resistance to Illness After Experimental Exposure to Rhinovirus or Influenza A Virus | Psychosomatic Medicine
- Don’t Worry, Be Happy | The New Yorker
- From “Sadder but Wiser” to the Happy Realist | Psychology Today
- What is Active Constructive Responding? | Positive Psychology
- Unconstrained Happiness by Martin Seligman | Slate
- The Hedonic Treadmill — Are We Forever Chasing Rainbows? | Positive Psychology
- Hard Work Is the Key to True Happiness | MentalFlow
- The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats | Poetry Foundation
- “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” by Brian Crisp | Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
- Who is Julian of Norwich? | Friends of Julian of Norwich
- “All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Thing Shall Be Well” — The Optimism of Mother Julian of Norwich | The Centre for Optimism
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