What is Positive Psychology?

What about the positive?

The science of psychology has had amazing success in understanding all the things that can go wrong with the human mind. But what about the things that can go right?

We know all about the causes of anxiety and depression, but what about contentment and fulfilment?

Could there be a scientific approach to happiness?

A science of flourishing

Positive psychology is just that. It is a scientific approach to understanding how to live a good life.
It offers an alternative to the ‘disease-model’ of psychology, and brings to attention to  practices and behaviours that lead to human flourishing.

How does it work?

Positive psychology is not ‘self-help’, instead it is research-led. It has precise and predictive theories that have been, and continue to be, tested, challenged, and improved.

Perhaps its most significant impact is the shift in our perception. Even a small change here can transform our quality of life and our wellbeing. A greater focus on ‘giving more,’ ‘showing kindness,’ and ‘being grateful’ can create a more meaningful life.

Topic Overview

This topic covers the core principles of positive psychology, and the science that underpins it.

You will explore the many aspects of human flourishing, including the power of positive thinking, the importance of relationships, and finding and creating meaning in our lives.

You will also learn how to apply positive psychology in your personal and professional life.

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Applying positive psychology;

To help us fully understand the value of positive psychology, it is valuable to explore how and where it can be applied. Let’s take a look.

Resilience, stress, and wellbeing;

Managing tough situations allows us to handle stress and supports us as we overcome obstacles along the way.

Playing to our strengths;

Positive psychology focuses on strengths instead of weaknesses, encouraging individuals to set meaningful goals and work toward them.

Pursuing our Accomplishments;

Pursuing growth and change purely for the intrinsic sake of achievement brings many benefits, not least an ongoing boost to our wellbeing.

Finding and Creating a Meaningful Life;

Here we explore this vital subject and attempt to uncover what a meaningful life might look like and its importance to our wellbeing.

Positive relationships to boost wellbeing;

Forming healthy, meaningful relationships is a fundamental human need shared across all cultures. Indeed, enduring, positive relationships help us create fulfilling lives and increase our wellbeing.

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