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Martin Seligman, a founder of the positive psychology movement, devalues happiness to radically rethink the purpose of positivity

In this article, Bruce Frankel explains why Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology, now detests the word happiness.

Bruce offers an interesting anecdote regarding a lecture on positive psychology that psychologist Barbara Fredrickson gave.

About Bruce Frankel

Bruce Frankel is the author of What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? The Boston Globe has called it a "wise and inspiring book." AARP, the magazine, recommended it as a "hot read."

Bruce has worked as a senior writer and editor at People magazine and a national news reporter in New York for USA Today, where he covered major breaking news and trials, politics, organized crime and terrorism. He began his career in journalism at Gannett Westchester Newspapers, in White Plains, New York, where he won numerous awards for depth reporting, spot news, and columns.

At the age of 51, Bruce left full-time journalism to study for an MFA in poetry, which he received from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, with a degree in government, in 1971. Born in Miami Beach, he grew up in nearby Hollywood, Florida until age 11, when his family moved to Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and, later, to Long Beach, New York, where he attended high school.

Bruce recently completed ghost-writing a book about an experimental "elephant ranch" in Kenya and is researching a new book about aging. He also writes a blog about later life achievers, the brain and aging, and, occasionally, dance and poetry. Bookmark and Share