What is Positive Psychology?

Positive psychology is the scientific study of the attributes and virtues that cause a person, a community or a family unit to survive and do it well. According to those who practice positive psychology, the human condition is not to rail against adversity but to find ways to thrive in life independent of circumstance.

Everyone wants to make a life for themselves that is fantastic. No one starts out striving to be mediocre or live a so-so life. For those who are living exceptional lives, their traits are studied to help others to do exactly the same thing. The tables are turned from using the negative to explain feelings and purpose to viewing the positive and how to find that in each person.

The theory is that when people learn to identify the positives in themselves, they can continue to replicate more positives in their lives and the lives of those around them. This is the basis of research being done in this field.

The goals of positive psychology are:

* Strengthen communities to begin to work together for everyone’s good

* Get people to learn to recognize their strengths and how to build on them for a bright future filled with purpose

* Teach families and schools to help children grow and flourish in the environment

* Train therapists to look for the positives in their patients and cultivate it

* Teach community leaders and others to bring this training to the members in their neighborhoods

It is believed that positive psychology will build better individuals. These people will have more tolerance of differences, even embracing them for the common good.