Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living, it looks at all of the factors that contribute to living “the good life”. Whilst definitions of “the good life” might differ from person to person, Martin Seligman (Positive Psychology Guru) defines it as “using your signature strengths every day to produce authentic happiness and abundant gratification”.
The vast amounts of research into Positive Psychology and Happiness tells us that the consistent factors that contribute to a well-lived fulfilling life include: experiencing positive emotions (being grateful for the past, mindful in the present and optimistic about the future), positive individual traits (using your strengths and virtues) and positive institutions (a sense of community, giving back and helping others).
This all makes sense, but how do we turn it in to practice? A simple approach is to review the areas that the researchers have highlighted as playing a key role in creating and living a “good life”.
- Positive Emotions
- Think about three things you are grateful for each day
- Be mindful of your day and take the time to really savour different experiences and to be 100% present and fully enjoy the moment
- Set your intention on your goals and keep an optimistic view about your progress toward them
- Positive Individual Traits
- Take the time to explore and understand what your strengths are. Consider what are you good at and what energises you, and then think about how can you find ways to spend more time doing these things
- Positive Institutions
- Spend time as part of a community, or giving back to a cause that is important to you, or helping those that need it.
Positive Psychology is an area that is becoming more and more talked about, and it’s about time! Life is to short to not be making the most of life and it’s so pleasing to see that these topics are not only linked to leadership and business success they are also becoming part of the school system slowly but surely.
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