Positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses. It is an approach to life and work that focuses on what works well, rather than what needs fixing. Positive Psychology calls upon us to look for solutions rather than problems, to spot strengths and not weaknesses, and to use language that reaffirms and strengthens us. Positive psychology looks at three areas of our lives:
• Positive experiences like happiness, joy, inspiration and love
• Positive states and traits like gratitude, resilience and compassion
• Positive institutions like organisations or governing systems
People who embrace positive psychology are more optimistic, resilient and use their strengths. They are happier, with strong social support groupings and fulfilled at work. What’s not to like!