What is Positive Psychology?

All the information and wellbeing workouts here on itsMYtime are based on research from a branch of psychology known as ‘Positive Psychology,’  But what is this Positive Psychology? Well, it’s important to note that Positive Psychology is not a self-help movement or a re-packaging of ‘the power of positive thinking,’ and it is not a passing fad. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning with the aim of discovering and promoting factors that enable individuals to flourish and communities to thrive. The field is based upon the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their life experiences.

Positive Psychology is intended to complement traditional psychology. It does not seek to deny the importance of studying how things go wrong, but rather to emphasise the importance of using the scientific method to determine how things go right. Due to the impressive findings from the research Positive Psychology is becoming more popular and is now being implemented in a number of settings. For example it is being used within; education, youth development, the workplace, the healthcare sector, the military, life coaching, and the rehabilitation of offenders.

Research into Positive Psychology covers a number of topics that are important to understanding and enhancing human functioning including; Happiness, Flourishing, Strengths and Virtues, Mindfulness, Optimism, and Positive Ageing.