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what is

positive psychology?

You've heard the term “positive psychology”, but you’re not quite sure what it is, well you’ve come to the right place!

Positive psychology has been described in many ways, but the commonly accepted definition of the field is this:

“Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living.”

Effectively positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behaviour with a focus on strengths,  building the good in life and improving the lives of average people.

(Peterson, 2008)

what positive psychology focuses on

Positive psychology focuses on the positive events and influences in life, including:

 

Positive experiences

like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love

 

Positive states and traits

like gratitude, resilience, and compassion

 

Positive institutions

applying positive principles and values within entire organizations and institutions

 

why is positive psychology important?

For the last 20 years, interest in positive psychology has been dramatically increasing in entrepreneurship, public administration, education and personal life.

 

Positive psychology is a field with a ton of potential and offering impactful findings.

Companies that want to be successful and individuals who want to have a high-quality life, that they enjoy, are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of positive psychology.

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