In this collection, Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, uses concepts and findings from positive psychology to challenge established wisdom around happiness and flourishing, goal-setting, and grit. In a series of five talks, she not only explains that happiness matters, and why, but also argues that it precedes rather than follows success. Crucial to lasting success in the context of flourishing is the capacity to set specific, appropriate goals – that is, goals which inspire others – and pursue them with passion and persistence, while being accountable to someone for their achievement. Pursuing hard goals requires authentic grit, which is fostered with self-efficacy and enhanced through carefully selected social networks: supports which utilise the phenomenon of social contagion, allowing network members to bring out the best in one another.
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