What Is Positive Psychology?

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

Recent Posts on Positive Psychology

Little Treasure, Little Sun, Little Mouse

Idiosyncratic communication among couples is associated with relationship satisfaction.

What is the Formula for Authentic Living?

The hunger for authenticity guides us throughout our lives.

A Way to Enlist the Help of the Cosmos

By Susan Rako M.D. on February 08, 2016 More Light
Is there a way to extend a compelling invitation to Providence?

New Positive Psychology Exercise!

Learn a new and powerful 4-step exercise. It just might help you understand yourself better and improve your self-confidence!

3 Ways To Put Your Strengths To Work

Did you know that developing your strengths – those things you’re good at and actually enjoy doing – makes it eighteen times more likely you’ll describe yourself as “flourishing”?

Nine Signs of a Courageous Mind

By Jake Breeden on February 04, 2016 Tipping Sacred Cows
Live life more fully by thinking more courageously.

The Group Grump

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 04, 2016 On Having Fun
It’s fun to say it: “group grump.” And it could actually, just by the sheer power of its silly-soundingness, defuse the very grump it names.

Working With the Shadow

What if our yearning for the light is keeping us from what we most long for? What if the healing and treasure we seek is hiding in the shadows?

5 Guidelines for Giving Kids Choices

Giving young kids a say builds respect, strengthens bonds, invites cooperation, and capitalizes on kids’ need for power and control. Here are 20 ways to involve kids in choices.

Day 14: James Maddux on Positive Clinical Psychology

The future of mental health interview series continues with James Maddux on positive clinical psychology

How to Best Help Your Children to Thrive

Our birth marks the beginning of a lifelong tension between our personal self-expression and the challenge of meeting the demands/wishes of others. We have two choices...

5 Ways to Flourish at Work

Researchers suggest that our workplaces have much to gain and much to offer by helping us to cultivate wellbeing.

8 (Simple) Ways to Reduce Your Daily Stress

Although daily hassles are not as extreme as serious life events, research shows they affect us even more.

Our (Positive) Emotional Footprint: A Mission for Humanity

We live in an atmosphere of incivility in politics, media punditry, trolling and everyday life. Unless we concentrate on positive communication, our civilization is threatened.

Competitive Parents and High-Performing Preschoolers

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on January 25, 2016 Once Upon a Child
How do you know how hard to push your child? You don't push. Period.

5 Things Your Friends Can Do for You (If You Let Them)

Here are the top two ways to keep your friends around.

Learn a New Strengths Habit in 11-minutes

Think you're too busy to work on your character strengths? Here's a simple approach for you that has research on its side.

Could Focusing On Strengths Ruin Your Career?

Developing our strengths shouldn’t come at the expense of ignoring our weaknesses or being discouraged from tackling them head on if desired.

Turn Your Life’s Downsides into Upsides

When things don’t go according to plan, it’s easy to become frustrated and angry. The detour in your path may, however, turn out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to you.

The 3 Mistakes Companies Make Focusing On People’s Strengths

I’ve polled more than 3000 employees in over 65 countries to try and better understand how organizations are successfully developing their people’s strengths.

10 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to the Way You Use Facebook

Research suggests that using Facebook can cause people to feel worse about themselves, lonelier, or sadder. Mindfulness can help protect you some of these detrimental effects.

Do Humans Have A Basic Capacity To Understand Fractions?

We know there are individual differences in math ability, even at a young age, but what basic cognitive tools lay the foundation for whether we are good with numbers?

A Place in the World: Place Meanings in Early Recollections

Why and how place or location matters in the first memories of life.

Your Brain Can Be Trained to Self-Regulate Negative Thinking

New research shows that mindfulness training can improve your ability to self-regulate emotions and reduce negative thinking.

Start a Play Club in Your School

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 09, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Kids need to play to develop health so why not consider having a play club in every school in America?

Where Do You Want to Go in 2016?

Forget those New Year's resolutions. Choose an intention instead. Learn how to use a simple exercise to reach your dreams in 2016!

Can You Help Others Find Meaning In Their Work?

The reality is that most of us want our careers and work to be more than simply a way to earn a pay check or pass our time, we want our work to mean something.

Is It All in Your Head?

Perception is powerful. What you focus on shapes what you experience.

Life Is Wonderful vs. Life Is Woeful

Our lives are confronted with both inspiration and desperation. How do we cope with these profoundly contrasting perspectives?

Charles Darwin and the Foil of New Year's Resolutions

Let Charles Darwin help you make the change you want for 2016 without New Year Resolutions