The chilly winds of austerity blasted through the US and Europe, and all people were concerned with was keeping their job. Nobody was doodling smiley faces at work any more.
Well, you may be pleased to hear that, despite the lull, the positive psychologists have not been idle. Indeed, as Seligman's Flourish shows, quite the opposite. They have been optimistically applying the 'science' all over the place.
It is nine years since Seligman published Authentic Happiness, and he begins Flourish with a new definition for how schools, government and the military should improve themselves. It appears the word 'happiness' is all wrong, indeed Seligman 'detests' it, along with the word 'authentic', which he describes as 'a close relative of the overused term "self" in a world of overblown selves'.