What is Positive Psychology?
"Positive psychology teaches us what each of us can do to become the architect of our own happiness."
Positive psychology is the study of human flourishing. It is a synthesis of existing theories and new research about what makes life good. In application, positive psychology teaches people tools that empower them to take their happiness and well-being into their own hands.
Studies indicate that 40% of our well-being lies in our “intentional activities” – the things that we do. Our actions impact our sense of well-being. Positive psychology teaches us which activities we can engage in to become the architect of our own happiness. We can increase our well-being by taking charge of our behavior and choosing to pursue those activities that enhance our well-being.
Why seek out well-being? The evidence suggests with increased well-being, we improve many aspects of our lives: we are more productive at work, social lives become richer, physical health is bolstered, and mental health improves. We are more apt to volunteer, to earn higher salaries, to find more meaning in life, to have stronger friendships, and to experience more self-esteem when we are happy.
The classes offered by Partners in Thriving teach the concepts and applications of positive psychology. Our experience of over seven years has shown us that each and every one of us is capable of enhancing our own well-being, becoming happier, more productive and more satisfied with our work and lives in general. The skills we teach provide a means to this end.
The Science of Happiness by Craig Lambert