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Whats is Positive psychology?

  • M.Seligman is widely viewed as the father of contemporary positive psychology. M.Seligman describes positive psychology in the following way: "We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise that achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving in individuals, families, and communities."
  • In 2002, the first International Conference on Positive Psychology was held. In 2009, the first World Congress on Positive Psychology took place .
  • Positive psychology is the branch of psychology that uses scientific understanding and effective intervention to aid in the achievement of a satisfactory life, rather than treating mental illness.
  • The focus of positive psychology is on personal growth rather than on pathology, as is common among other frameworks within the field of psychology.
  • Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. 
  • PP has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive.
  • Positive Psychology is grounded in the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
  • Positive psychologists agree that people must live a happy, engaged, and meaningful life in order to experience "the good life." Martin Seligman referred to the good life as "using your signature strengths every day to produce authentic happiness.
  • In less than a decade, positive psychology has caught the attention not only of the academic community but also the general public.
  • Psychology has traditionally focused on dysfunction—people with mental illness or other psychological problems—and how to treat it. Positive psychology, in contrast, is a relatively new field that examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled.
  • Positive psychology represents a commitment to the sources of psychological wellness, such as positive emotions, positive experiences, positive environments, and human strengths and virtues (Lyubomirsky, 2007).

Four of the major aims of Positive Psychology:

- Rise to life’s challenges, make most of setbacks and adversity.
- Engage and relate to other people.
- Find fulfillment in creativity and productivity.
- Look beyond oneself and help others to find lasting meaning, satisfaction, and wisdom (Keyes & Haidt, 2004).