So what is positive psychology? Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning and happiness. It is all about what makes life worth living. It is an inclusive term that encompasses many different ideas and techniques. The ideas range from positive emotions, managing strengths to principles that build the character from the inside out.
This field has grown over the last few years, and many individuals have contributed to its popularity and growth. Well known among them is the author and researcher Martin Seligman. His research and work have brought these ideas into the forefront.
Positive psychology focuses on strengths and behaviors that allow individuals to better manage themselves by building a meaningful life; by playing on strengths and building character and moving beyond survival to thriving. Positive psychology views happiness from a holistic perspective.
Two words describe the ways individuals might respond to life and their state of well-being. These are Hedonistic Well-being and Eudaimonic Well-being.
The Hedonic approach focuses on happiness. In this approach, the primary objective is to gain pleasure and avoid pain. The Eudaimonic approach focuses on meaning. In this approach, the primary aim is to identify with personal fulfillment and meaningful life.
The focus on this website is to provide you tools and ways to nurture and grow using the Eudaimonic approach.
The topics of Interest in Positive Psychology include:
Engagement and Flow
Meaning and Purpose
Motivation and Goals