What Is Positive Psychology?

Positive psychology is the study of happiness. Psychology has traditionally focused on dysfunction—people with mental illness or other issues—and how to treat it. Positive psychology, in contrast, is a field that examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled.

Recent posts on Positive Psychology


Is Positive Psychology Proven?

How confident can we really be about the effectiveness of positive psychology interventions?

Feeling A Little Sour?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
Take responsibility for your tone and its impacts, and recommit to a clearer, cleaner, more direct way of expressing yourself.

A Step-Child's Guide to Step-Parenting

Each family has its own story with its own peculiar complexities, but most have a moment in which the new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes a parent...

How to Remain Optimistic Through Change

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the change that's happening in your world? Use optimism to transform your overwhelm into confidence.

Need a Creativity Boost? Try This New Multi-Pronged Approach

By Christopher Bergland on November 28, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Groundbreaking research pinpoints the building blocks of creativity. If you want to increase your creative activity—this multi-faceted checklist can serve as a valuable resource.

3 Steps to Getting What You Want

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A research-based approach to getting what you want out of life.

"Post-Truths" Trump Facts, Affect Trumps Reason

By Saul Levine M.D. on November 23, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
The divisive presidential election showed how divided Americans are, how powerful emotions like fear and anger can overwhelm reason, and "post-truths" can blind people to facts.

Who Are You Resisting?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
See what it feels like to stop resisting what another person is like while also taking care of your own needs in the relationship. Acceptance is a gift that gives back.

Mind Mirrors Between Therapists and Clients

When you walk into a therapist's office, you may have a problem very similar to one of your therapist's issues.

Can We Simplify Wellbeing?

When it comes to helping leaders improve their people’s wellbeing where do you suggest they start? Top-down? Bottom-up? Everyone at one time?

5 Lessons About Success from Nobel Laureates

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Nobel laureates are frequently asked their secret to winning a Nobel Prize. Read what guest blogger David Pratt learned by examining laureates' lives.

It’s Never Too Late to Start Over

Unhappiness has become the norm. Need a shakeup and want to shift something important in your life? There is no time like the present to do so!

Is It Truly Urgent?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
Pressure activates ancient motivational circuits that were very effective in keeping our ancestors alive but even at best, there is an inherent collateral damage.

How Hamilton, Ross, and Resilient Children are Alike

Turmoil in politics can be stressful. We look at examples of how people have moved ahead despite major challenges.

Moving Forward After the Election

How can we move forward after the election? Try building bridges instead of walls.

A New Term: Human Performance Specialists

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
This new concept integrates the different fields that try to improve mental and physical performance.


By Dan Collinson on November 10, 2016 in Finding Light in the Darkness
Can there be positive outcomes from redundancies and downsizing?
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Sources and Characteristics of Close Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 09, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Close relationships help us live complex lives with emotional, logistical, social, financial support. They warrant navigation because of rich rewards.11 attributes are described.

What Is Your Sense Of Peace?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
Enjoy peacefulness. When you experience peace, enjoy it, which will help it sink into you, weaving its way into your brain so it increasingly becomes the habit of your mind.

Coincidence Psychodynamics

Conventional psychology can offer good explanations for some coincidences without having to invoke God-Universe or probability.
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Believing: One of the 4 B's (Being, Belonging, Benevolence)

By Saul Levine M.D. on November 08, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
We humans have always had a need to search for some non-material rationale to the inevitable demands of life, and a sense of Believing enables us to give meaning to our existence.

Can You Create Positive Changes From the Bottom Up?

Do you lack the authority to create the kind of positive changes you’d love to see in your workplace?

Positive Emotions and Wellbeing

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Between Cultures
How everyday micro-moments of positivity can increase our wellbeing.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Every Friendship

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in What Doesn't Kill Us
In a truly authentic relationship you feel valued for who you are, not for who your friends think you ought to be.

How to See Challenges as Opportunities

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Going for success is like crossing a river on stepping stones, there is always the possibility of getting wet.

Converging Advances in Online Learning: OTT, OER, and OEI

Online learning & distance education are transforming through “Over-The-Top-Technologies” (OTT) vehicles for new offerings enhancing the integration of (OER) in “Online-Education."

Constructing and Deconstructing Prejudice

Prejudicial resources must be deconstructed at all the five stages of judgment—and shown to be defective as a framework for living in a civil society.
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10 Pop-Science Books to Challenge Your Views on Expertise

Want to know the secret to becoming an expert? 10 of the best page-turners mapping out the road to mastery.

What Makes Your Life?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
We are hungry for love and need others. Let this truth in. Accepting your inherent dependence brings you into harmony with the way life is.

7 Ways to Be Awe-Inspired in Everyday Life

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 01, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
It is possible to experience the spark of awe in everyday life. Here are seven research-supported recommendations for how to do so.