Positive psychology is the focus on promoting well-being, rather than the traditional approach of psychology, which involves treating mental illness. Positive psychology looks at creating a satisfying life that is filled with positive relationships, achievements, pleasure and overall gratification with existence. Positive psychology can help most people flourish and really thrive in their day-to-day life. This approach endeavours to teach individuals many skills on how to deal with daily life challenges effectively, in order to avoid the negative feelings that may pair themselves with these challenges.
Positive psychology involves a lot of mindfulness practice, and also focuses a lot on your inner strengths. Life can throw many curve balls at us, and this psychology approach can teach us how to ground ourselves and be mindful of the present time. Humans are programmed to naturally think negatively, or think of the worst-case scenario in times of crisis; positive psychology teaches us, through things like gratitude practice, to see the bright side of things, and to realize that what troubles us today will (likely) not trouble us in, say, a months time.
IS POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY FOR EVERYONE?
Practicing positive psychology can be helpful for anyone, although it is something that most of us need to master, much like a skill. Learning to be mindful or to be grateful for things we naturally would not even notice comes with time. But the results of practicing positive psychology, in my educated opinion and personal experience, can have amazing and lasting effects.
Everything on this website is general information only. If you are finding yourself in urgent need of help and you feel like everything going on for you is ‘a bit too much’, head to your local GP for some assistance or call 000 if your life is in danger. Alternatively you can call 13 11 14 – Lifeline Australia for crisis support.