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Learned Helplessness Guru Martin Seligman quotes

Success requires persistence, the ability to not give up in the face of failure. I believe that optimistic explanatory style is the key to persistence.

Martin Seligman

Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think.

Martin Seligman

H(enduring level of happiness)= S(happiness set range) + C(circumstances of your life) + V(factors in your voluntary control)

Martin Seligman

The pleasant life: a life that successfully pursues the positive emotions about the present, past, and future.

Martin Seligman

The good life: using your signature strengths to obtain abundant gratification in the main realms of your life.

Martin Seligman

The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power, or goodness. A life that does this is pregnant with meaning, and if God comes at the end, such a life is sacred.

Martin Seligman

To be a virtuous person is to display, by acts of will, all or at least most of the six ubiquitous virtues: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence.

Martin Seligman

Work life is undergoing a sea change in the wealthiest nations. Money, amazingly, in losing its power. Our economy is rapidly changing from a money economy to a satisfaction economy.

Martin Seligman

By activating an expansive, tolerant, and creative mindset, positive feelings maximize the social, intellectual, and physical benefits that will accrue.

Martin Seligman

In your own life, you should take particular care with endings, for their color will forever tinge your memory of the entire relationship and your willingness to reenter it.

Martin Seligman

The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe that bad events will last a long time, will undermine everything they do, and are their own fault. The optimists, who are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world, think about misfortune in the opposite way. They tend to believe that defeat is just a temporary setback or a challenge, that its causes are just confined to this one case.

Martin Seligman

It’s a matter of ABC. When we encounter ADVERSITY, we react by thinking about it. Our thoughts rapidly congeal into BELIEFS. These beliefs may become so habitual we don’t even realize we have them unless we stop to focus on them. And they don’t just sit there idly; they have CONSEQUENCES. The beliefs are the direct cause of what we feel and what we do next. They can spell the difference between dejection and giving up, on the one hand, and well-being and constructive action on the other. The first step is to see the connection between adversity, belief, and consequence. The second step is to see how the ABCs operate every day in your own life.

Martin Seligman

The drive to resist compulsion is more important in wild animals than sex, food, or water. …The drive for competence or to resist compulsion is a drive to avoid helplessness.

Martin Seligman

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