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What Authentic Happiness Coaching is...

Authentic Happiness Coaching will change your mood and change your life!

Authentic Happiness Coaching has a powerful collection of documented exercises for increasing pleasure, engagement, and meaning in your life.

Right from the beginning the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program will be working and demonstrating measurable evidence of its effectiveness! You will take assessments (at the beginning and at the end of our coaching relationship). This will allow you to measure changes in your ability to lead a life that is happier, more engaged, and more meaningful.

At the subjective level Authentic Happiness Coaching is about positive experience: well-being, optimism, and flow. At the individual level it is about the character strengths-the capacity for love and vocation, courage, interpersonal skill, aesthetic sensibility, perseverance, forgiveness, originality, future-mindedness, and high talent. At the group level it is about the civic virtues and the institutions that move individuals toward better citizenship: responsibility, parenting, altruism, civility, moderation, tolerance, and work ethic.

The aim of Positive Psychology is to understand and then build on those factors that allow individuals, communities, and societies to flourish. The field of Positive Psychology advances the understanding and building of the qualities that make life worth living.

A person's life is replete with positive subjective experience when s/he feels frequent pleasant emotions, finds a pleasant interest in most daily activities, feels a degree of physical pleasure, judges his or her life and important domains such as work and health to be very satisfying, and finds his or her life to be meaningful and fulfilling.

Life-task activities related to people's individual goals are now seen as crucial for obtaining positive subjective experiences. People achieve greater life satisfaction when they work for things they value rather than merely for things that bring immediate pleasure. Pure physical hedonism (pleasure seeking) does not maximize positive experience for most people, and the effect of wealth on subjective well-being is surprisingly small.

By developing a deep understanding of how to integrate Authentic Happiness into your own life -- by living a life of happiness, engagement, and deep meaning, you will become a model for your children, significant other, friends, coworkers, -- those around you!


Terms Defined

Coach: to teach or train.

En-cour-age-ment: to give support to; foster.

En-gage-ment: to involve oneself or become occupied. Intense involvement or flow.

Flour-ish-ing: experiencing whole-hearted involvement. Serve a larger purpose. Pursuits hold vital meaning.

Flow: the feeling one's capacities are being fully used.

Guide: to show the way to. To direct the course of.

Life Sat-is-fact-ion: subjective well-being.

Mean-ing: the push of confronted problems and the pull of enjoyment.

Op-ti-mism: conceptualized in terms of generalized positive expectancies (not experiences).

Plea-sure: unique events, a type of variety and distinctiveness we do not adapt to.

Support: maintenance or substinence.

Well-be-ing: the self- evaluated level of the person's competence and self, weighted in terms of one's hierarchy of goals.