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University of Pennsylvania

Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science

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Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman—renowned worldwide as the “father of Positive Psychology”—has led visionary leaps in the scientific research, empirical data and personal understandings of human flourishing. This course explores the past, present and future of positive psychology as a journey through the key scientific leaps led by Dr. Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center and Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.

There are no prerequisites.


  • Positive Psychology Introduction by Dr. Martin Seligman
    • In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman introduces the scientific foundations of positive psychology and key research findings that led to a revolutionary understanding of what makes people flourish. Participants will learn about research-based skills and exercises to increase well-being and begin to practice these skills in their own lives.
  • The Skills of Well-being Can Be Learned, Taught, and Transformative
    • In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman shares the great leaps in scientific understanding that created the foundation for a science of well-being at individual, communal, and global levels.
  • Being Whole: Mind/Body Flourishing Throughout Life
    • In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman shares key research questions from the field of Positive Psychology, and the answers turn some conventional assumptions on their head. Are we shaped by the future vs. the past? And what does science tell us about mind/body flourishing? What gets better as we age?
  • Future Directions in Positive Psychology
    • In this module, Dr. Martin Seligman discusses some of the most inspiring recent and future developments in the field of Positive Psychology, in particular those that transcend individual experience and have the potential to transform our world.

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Martin E.P. Seligman


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  • What a wonderful class taught by the founding father of the field of positive psychology. Just loved it. This class introduces the field of positive psychology and is taught by Prof. Saligman. Lectures are clear and impactful. He introduces the field...
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    Cheryl Penn

    Cheryl Penn completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    If you want to know about a subject go to the top person in the field. Marty Seligman's class is what you are looking for if you want to know more about how positive psychology can help you and others you know right now. It's filled with practical application...

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