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

Four Ways to Feel Better about Yourself

Not feeling confident? Silence that inner critic and boost your self-worth with these tips.
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Five "Thank Yous" to Say Each Day

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 22, 2017 in What Matters Most?
Want to transform the stress of your holidays? Want to boost your well-being? Practice this list of five gratitudes and you'll be on your way.
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Be Home

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
The responsive and reactive modes of living are the foundation of human nature. We have no choice about the vital aims they serve. Our only choice is which mode we’re in.

Ferdinand the Bull Can Teach Your Kids About Their Strengths

The classic story of Ferdinand the Bull is now an animated film. Ferdinand is family-friendly but it can be so much more if you use it to help your kids find their strengths.

“Learned Mindfulness”: Achieving Authentic Integrity

Learned Mindfulness is achieving Authentic Integrity. This Integrity Mindfulness model prevents job burnout and optimizes the quality of life.

Are Your Strengths Making You Unhappy?

When it comes to doing more of what you do best each day at work are you missing the mark? So what’s the best way to put your strengths to work?

What Are Spiritual Guidelines for Organizational Success?

Group entrainment can lead to desired outcomes in sports, jazz, and organizations.

Pure Solitude, Away From Devices, Is Calming: New Research

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Living Single
Four new studies show that pure solitude, away from electronic devices, is calming. They also help explain when time alone is and is not experienced as sad, lonely, or boring.

Five Ways to Practice Gratitude

Need a gratitude boost this holiday season? Try these five gratitude practices.

Generating Energy to Be Kind

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Do you have enough energy to be kind today? Wisdom and science show how personal reflection empowers us to be our best self.

Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist With Wonder Woman in Between

A psychologist helped build up the comic book industry. In the 1950s, a psychiatrist wrecked it. Both saw comics' powerful potential, whether to improve society or destroy it.
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One Question That May Determine Whether Your Love Will Last

The one question that may determine whether your love will last

What’s Your Ideal Wellbeing Day?

Let’s face it, the reality is most workplaces can make it hard to have your ideal day very consistently. But what if small ideal moments done often could improve your wellbeing?

Can You Be With The Whole Of Your Psyche?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
R.A.I.N. is an acronym developed by Michelle McDonald but adapted a bit by me, to summarize a powerful way to expand self-awareness.

The Paradox of "In Here" and "Out There"

It seems that, at least in the academic realm, the "objective" reality does not have to "prove" anything. It simply is. Accepted as it is—as The Truth.

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

Ten-Plus Happiness Games and Activities

Do you like games and want to be happier? These games were made to increase happiness.
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Seven Pathways to Thriving

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 08, 2017 in What Matters Most?
New research reveals key personal enablers of thriving in life. Learn these seven pathways and the ingredients that can help you create them.
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A Room of Our Own

By Diana Raab PhD on November 07, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you feel as if you don't have any quiet time to yourself? Research over the years has shown that having a sacred space that you can call your own is essential to well-being.

Awe in Religious and Spiritual Experience

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Recent research is uncovering new connections between awe and spiritual experience.

The Essential Happiness-Skill No One Teaches Us

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on November 07, 2017 in Finding Love
Few of us are taught one of the greatest happiness-skills of all: learning to bear our joy.This lovely 2 minute practice will teach you exactly how.

Can You Create a Magical Workplace Culture?

Do you wish that you could change the culture of your organization? What does it really take to create a culture of motivated, high-performing employees?

The Lead With Kindness Experiment

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Want to learn how to make mean people your great teachers? Sometimes big life lessons come from unlikely places and give us healthier ways to be in the world.
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Accessing Authenticity

Authenticity’s appeal is obvious, but how does a person even go about being fully authentic, anyway? Here are three tips to get started.
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Are You Thinking Too Much?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Our minds are hauled along in a culture without a speed limit – exceeding the limit there's always a price. Pulling out of the mental traffic, it's an act of freedom and wisdom

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Transform a Negative Experience

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 05, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Negative moments are inevitable, whether they come from outside ourselves, our perceptions, or our interpretations. Transforming them with creativity or kindness shows love.

When Your Boss Is Challenging

How to improve your workday and your mental state.