Today I want to talk a little about positive psychology and then start a week of sharing a daily gratitude practice to share some positivity in these challenging times.
What Is Positive Psychology?
This is something I want to write more about on this platform, but as a very brief introduction…
Positive psychology focuses on the character strengths and behaviours the allow individuals to build a life of meaning and purpose—to move beyond surviving to flourishing, in focusing on how people can become happier and more fulfilled.
Martin Seligman, often regarded as the godfather of positive psychology defined it as:
“… the scientific study of positive human functioning and flourishing on multiple levels that include the biological, personal, relational, institutional, cultural, and global dimensions of life.”
….. This broad scope and interconnectedness of so many different domains is something that particularly appeals to me as I feel all of these aspects are so vital to our well-being.
In positive psychology, there is an emphasis on meaning, not just on fleeting happiness.
Importantly it is used to complement, rather than replace other forms of psychotherapy.
There are some simple positive psychology interventions one can try at home to promote well-being. One example, “gratitude exercises,” have been studied by psychologists as a way to increase happiness over time….check out my YouTube video I posted last week and a blog I’ve written previously with some of the evidence-base behind gratitude exercises with studies referenced.
So what am I grateful for today?… .
This week I have started sharing a short video each evening of what I’m grateful for that day, head over to my Instagram page to check these out.
Wishing you health and happiness in these challenging times.