Flourishing is about achieving a deeper sense of well-being, meaning and purpose despite, and indeed very often because of, adversity. Indeed, Dr. Maureen Gaffney explains that adversity can be a positive turning point in our lives if we decide that our goal is not merely returning to the status quo, but having better lives. Her message is that we can do this and in this exciting and innovative book she shows us how. Drawing on her vast experience of working with people and organisations, and on a fascinating body of recent research, Maureen Gaffney has written a gripping, stimulating and inspiring manifesto on how to flourish and why we need to. Learning to flourish - and helping others to flourish - is the most powerful and worthwhile investment we can make in our own well-being and in our country's future.
“For those who like a bit more substance to their personal development, Maureen manages to distill the science of positive psychology into words that even I can understand.”
Andy Cope The Art of Being Brilliant
“A realistic approach to positive thinking.”
The Sunday Times
“It is the science and professional experience at Gaffney's disposal that makes her book so relevant ... presented in such a friendly and persuasive way that it's hard to resist.”
The book is divided into four sections: childhood and adolescence; self-efficacy; relationships; and women and men. The author discusses subjects as varied as self-esteem in childhood; teenage sex; the search for intimacy; affairs; dieting; mothers and daughters; negotiation skills, both in the workplace and in personal relationships; and the crisis of sexuality in the Catholic Church. Full of intelligent observation and sound suggestions, Maureen Gaffney points to possible ways for each of us to address these issues, all of them central to the way we live now.