Positive Psychology News and Positive Business DC Announce the Launch of the New Book, Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life


Martin E. P. Seligman Endorses New Book on Strengths

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Positive Business DC (PBDC) and Positive Psychology News (PPND) announced today that editors Shannon Polly, MAPP and Kathryn Britton, MAPP have published a new book with articles, research, monologues and poems as well as tangible techniques and exercises that help people leverage their character strengths for higher performance and happiness.

The book honors the late Christopher Peterson who led the large team of psychologists that identified the 24 strengths that are the elements making up good character. His research has shown that these strengths are ubiquitous across culture and time. From Maasai warriors to Mother Teresa, we all have the same strengths to varying degrees.

Proceeds from the book will go to the Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, a fund that supports training of future practitioners of positive psychology.

Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish, writes of the book:

“My friend, Chris Peterson, would have loved this book. It brings to life with personal stories, practical recommendations, wisdom, and humor the dry scholarship that he (with an assist from me) did in Character Strengths and Virtues. Chris was very down-to-earth, and I am sure he would have concurred in my enthusiastically recommending this book to everyone who works with character strengths in the real world.”

The book’s launch coincides with the World Congress on Positive Psychology on June 25th in Orlando, Florida. Character Strengths is the third book in the Positive Psychology News series, joining Gratitude and Resilience.

“This is among the best books in all of positive psychology,” says Jon Haidt author of The Happiness Hypothesis and The Righteous Mind. “It takes one of the most important areas of research – the character strengths – and makes it as accessible, as practical, and as inspiring as could be. I particularly love that it is written for sharing. Every couple and every family should have a copy. This will become my standard dinner party gift, instead of a bottle of wine.”

You can find the book at http://tinyurl.com/charstrengthsmatter

About Positive Psychology News:
Positive Psychology News Daily (@PosPsych), founded in 2007 by Senia Maymin (@senia) and Kathryn Britton (@kathrynbritton), is an online news source that presents story-based articles to general readers on new research in positive psychology and related fields. The news source has over 100 volunteer authors with established credentials who have written over 1200 articles on topics ranging from the definition of love to the kinds of questions to ask in a workplace interview. Content pushes to a Twitter feed (72,000 followers) and an email subscription list (8600 followers). Readers come from around the globe. Find Positive Psychology News at http://positivepsychologynews.com.

About Positive Business DC
Positive Business DC (@PositiveBizDC) was founded in 2012 by Shannon Polly (@shannonpolly), MAPP, Marcia Moran (@mmoran76), and Donna Hemmert (@dhemmert) to inform and inspire leaders across the Metro DC region to increase well-being, productivity and profitability in the workplace. More than a decade of rigorous scientific research shows that well-being can be measured, taught and increased through the tools developed from the science of positive psychology. Infusing these elements into corporate culture enables organizations to increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and improve the bottom line. Find Positive Business DC at http://www.positivebusinessdc.com

Media Contact: Donna Hemmert, Positive Business DC, 5712776326, dhemmert@positivebusinessdc.com

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