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Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life (Positive Psychology News) Paperback – June 7, 2015
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"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."
~ Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish.
"I wish Christopher Peterson were alive to read this book. He would have been proud and grateful. This wonderful book beautifully weaves together art and science, reason and passion, theory and practice--and the outcome is an accessible and rigorous guide that can help us fulfill our potential for success and happiness. It brings Peterson's work on strengths to life!"
~ Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier, The Pursuit of Perfect, and Choose the Life You Want
"This is what is so stunning about this book: it's the best experiential or applied introduction to the psychology of human strengths that I've seen. I learned from this book by performing it, not just reading it. This tiny volume has magic in it."
~ Dr. David L. Cooperrider, Case Western Reserve University, The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College
"This is an extraordinary book- it includes the latest research on character strengths but goes beyond that. It provides five practice guidelines applicable to each strength and provides monologues, poems, and speeches that realistically illustrate each strength. Polly and Britton have provided a tremendous service to the field of positive psychology and positive education by combining scholarship, practice, and illustrations in a way that has not appeared heretofore. I highly recommend this book."
~ Dr. Kim Cameron, author of Positive Leadership and Developing Management Skills.
"This is among the best books in all of positive psychology. 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."
~ Dr. Jonathan Haidt, New York University, author of The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis
From the Author
This book is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Peterson, a pioneer in the study of character strengths, a mentor for students of character, an exemplar of humor, humility, love, and kindness, and a good friend.
May the seeds you planted continue to grow and prosper.
~ Shannon Polly and Kathryn Britton
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This book is quite different from the recent New York Times bestseller The Road to Character. That book is well written but takes the approach of providing brief biographies of eminent historical figures of high character such as Generals Eisenhower and Marshall. While an interesting read, it neither explains character strengths nor provides advice on how to develop them.
Character Strengths Matter may be read in sections according to the character strengths one finds of interest. It is a book one can go back to time and again.
This is an important work and contribution but rather heady I imagine for some peeps in the field
This exciting new book, Character Strengths Matter, builds on that classification, offering a personal view of each strength through the eyes of 30 different contributors. Full disclosure - I was one contributor. I confess that when my copy arrived, I quickly turned to my piece to see it in print. In the short time since, I have had a difficult time putting the book down. The short sections in each strength area are perfect bite-sized nuggets. As I found out, one leads quickly to another. I even read two aloud to my husband this morning!
This book is great as a first exposure to character strengths, and could be used by families, teachers and anyone interested in seeing one another through an appreciative lens.
I am forever grateful that our friend and mentor, Chris Peterson, did not die with the Character Strengths and Virtues song still in his heart. He sang it for all of us to hear, and we are trying in our own ways to add our voices to its chorus. All proceeds from the sale of this terrific book go to the Chris Peterson Memorial scholarship fund at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chris was my gifted professor, and a big-hearted shy man with a heart of gold. Chris was very down-to-earth and I think he would be really proud of this lovely collection from Kathryn Britton and Shannon Polly. This text contributes to the important character strengths literature. Buy this book and savor reading it, and knowing proceeds go to the Chris Peterson Memorial Fund. Cheers! Dr. Elaine O'Brien
PS Here's a link from the Penn Gazette about Chris and his strengths legacy: [...]
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