Positive Psychology Explained.

“Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities, and organizations to thrive.”

Source: Positive Psychology Institute

What Positive Psychology IS:

 

  • Focusing on positive experiences such as happiness, joy, inspiration, and love.

  • Using positive traits such as gratitude, resilience, and compassion.

  • Positive life strengths such as optimism, life satisfaction, wellbeing, compassion (also SELF-compassion), self-esteem, self-confidence, and elevation.

  • Embracing a "Growth" mindset. 

What Positive Psychology IS NOT:

  • Toxic positivity, ignoring negative emotions.

  • A “Pollyanna” approach.

  • Never being anxious, depressed or sad.

  • Fixing Problems.