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Vol. I, Issue I


Welcome to the December Newsletter
Volume I, Issue I. December, 2003

Inside: Authentic Happiness Comes to Arizona
Peak Performance: Jodi's Story
About the Heart of Living Organization
Upcoming Workshops

Living the Authentic Life

Authentic Happiness Comes to Arizona

In November 2003, Halette M. Meyer, Ph.D. became the first Authentic Happiness Certified Coach in Arizona.

Trained via teleconference by the legendary Martin E. Seligman, founder of positive psychology and author of such well-known international titles as Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism and The Optimistic Child and hundreds of journal articles.

AH Coach training was further enhanced by visits from other well -known scientists in the field of positive psychology and happiness such as, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, and Chris Peterson, and others.

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. 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.

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, neighbors, etc. -- those around you!