Bernard Nicolas, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

 

AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS

Since Dr. Martin Seligman published his book on Authentic Happiness in 2002, the field of "Positive Psychology" has become well known. Its most fundamental concept is that psychology should not just help people get over problems but achieve a level of happiness that is real, permanent and self-sustaining. The components of authentic happiness are based on thorough research and have to do with life satisfaction based on such things as knowing one's strengths and values, learning to forgive, and having something that one can enjoy so much as to get lost in it periodically for a good while. As a psychotherapist, I believe that one can come to therapy, address a problem, and go well beyond that to find a way of multiplying one's level of life satisfaction to a point where it will motivate permanent nurturing of both physical and mental health.

 

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