Positive Psychology

Since 1987, articles written on selected negative emotions have outnumbered those on positive emotions by seventeen to one. 

New studies of happiness and health have demonstrated a shift from learned helplessness and depression to optimism and thriving. Positive psychology is an all-encompassing phrase that describes the study of positive character traits and emotions (Seligman, 2000).

The Three Positives

Taken together, satisfaction with the past, happiness with the present, and optimism about the future define the foundation of positive emotions. Rather than paying attention to the negative side of human behavior, Positive Psychology concentrates on strengths, virtues, happiness, love, creativity, well-being, self-confidence and achievement. Positive emotions broaden our focus. Emotions such as joy, interest, and contentment create an urge to play, to be creative, explore, savor life, and to seek new experiences and grow. 

Happiness Tools

Positive emotions encourage personal growth and social connections. Happiness can be cultivated by using the strength we already have – including kindness, humor, optimism, generosity and originality. 

Health is not just the absence of disease, it is also a positive state of mind. People who have attained optimal wellness are happy, optimistic, self-confident and can bounce back emotionally from adversity.

Positive psychology entails building a pleasant life as well as a good and meaningful life that utilizes one’s gifts. 

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