Suzie Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP, is a freelance writer and well-being consultant specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on relationships and health. She has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
James Pawelski, PhD, is a Professor of Practice (<- best professorial title EVER?) and the Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he cofounded the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program with Martin Seligman. He is one of the world’s leading positive psychologists who has presented keynote talks in more than twenty countries on six continents.
I got this book after James Pawelski and Larry King interviewed me as part of their . (One of our Optimize Coach – Class I graduates, Donna Hemmert, introduced us. Thanks again for connecting us, Donna!!)
When I heard about this book, I immediately got it. When it arrived, Alexandra (who reads as much as I do!) immediately grabbed it and read it first. She loved it. So did I.
I like to start a book by reading the back cover then the inside flap then the testimonials. This book features testimonials from a Who’s Who of positive psychology Luminaries. I went through the list and marked off the books we’ve covered and noted the ones we haven’t covered (yet!) so we can expand our collection!
For example, here’s a brief list of brilliant authors we’ve featured who loved the book as much as I did: Angela Duckworth (), Tom Rath (, , ), Tal Ben-Shahar (, and ), Marci Shimoff (), Joshua Rosenthal (), Barry Schwartz (), Ed Diener (), Barbara Fredrickson (), Scott Barry Kaufman (), George Vaillant (), Ryan Niemiec (), and Caroline Adams Miller () and Sonja Lyubomirsky ( and ).
Then we have the cofounder of the whole Positive Psychology movement himself, Martin Seligman, with whom James cofounded the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at Penn, who wrote the incredible foreword. (Check out our Notes on , and .)
So, yah. The book comes incredibly highly recommended. For one very simple reason. It’s FANTASTIC. I’ve been waiting for a very long time for the book that would make me say: “READ THIS BOOK if you want to figure out how to integrate Ancient Wisdom + Modern Science + Practical Tools to Optimize your relationship.” And, well, THIS book is it.
Oh! Almost forgot. We’re deeply honored that James and Suzie joined our Guest Faculty as Luminaries sharing their wisdom in our Optimize Coach program. (Cruise on over here to learn more about that and over here to see the other extraordinary teachers who support our Coaches in being the change so we can change the world together.)