WHAT IS 'POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY'?
Positive Psychology (PP) is a theoretical paradigm which focuses on personal well-being and using your strengths every day to produce authentic happiness and abundant gratification.
It is a branch of psychology which 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.
Rather than the focussing on the treatment of mental illness (which other areas of psychology perpetuate), PP is focussed on personal growth, and more largely, prevention of illness (as opposed to cure). In addition, PP encourages the act of living a happy, engaged, meaningful and 'good life' through positive relationships and personal accomplishments.
The HP believes PP is the way forward in a society which is increasingly stressful and emotionally/mentally & financially demanding.
The PERMA Model
The main premise of Positive Psychology as developed by its father (prominent psychologist and researcher) Martin Seligman, is based on a theory of happiness and the building blocks of well-being - a five-sided model of well-being known as the P.E.R.M.A. model.
PP identifies certain skills and exercises that can boost our experience of positive emotions: what is it that makes us feel good?
These emotions are frequently seen as connected to positive outcomes, such as longevity and healthier social relationships.
Cultivating positive emotions makes it easier to experience them naturally. If we learn to cultivate positive feelings about life, we begin to hope for the best, see the upside, and learn to take great opportunities when they come along. So don't hold back - see the happy in your every day adventures!
..is the state of being involved in activities that draw and build one's interests by being completely absorbed and engaged with our life and work.
True engagement or immersion has been defined as as 'flow': a state of utter, blissful immersion in the present moment. Problems seem to disappear and there is a feeling of transcendence. Flow is the way people describe their state of mind when they are doing something for its own sake.
Some activities consistently produce flow, such as: hobbies, art, sport and fun things! Be engaged by something that gets you going - go on! It'll make you happier. I know it makes me a little less grumpy that's for sure!
Humans receive, share, and spread positivity to others through relationships. We all have a need for connection, love, physical and emotional contact with others.
We enhance our own well-being by building strong networks of relationships around us - e.g. family, our friends, co-workers and friends we meet abroad.
Relationships and social support is well-known to be a key moderator of mental-health and well-being - so, love thy neighbour, and all the wonderful people you have/come across in your daily life. Travels included.
Having purpose and dedicating our time to something greater than ourselves is associated with general well-being, especially when the work we do is consistent with our personal values and beliefs.
So what are your values? What are the things you care about?
Feeling a sense of passion and drive towards a cause that holds personal significance supports the idea behind living with meaning.
Do you pursue things in order to strive for personal and professional successes and mastery?
What are your personal goals - professional, personal and/or other pursuits?
The sense of accomplishment by achieving personal goals is known to foster positive well-being through feelings of self-actualisation.