Positive psychology is ‘the scientific study of what makes life most worth living’. It is about looking at human strengths as well as human weaknesses. It is not just about healing those who are broken but just as much about making the lives of ordinary people as fulfilling and enriched as possible.
Please don’t think this is all unicorns and rainbows where we all skip, holding hands into the hills. It does not dismiss the hardships of life, mental illness or pathology. It is embedded in scientific research and enables us to research the areas of life where people can flourish and not languish. Among other things it explores, researches and applies to optimism, hope, resilience, mindfulness, character strengths, gratitude, wisdom and experiences of flow.
It is important for young people today to learn the skills to prevent and protect them from mental illness. It has to start with their teachers feeling mentally well and resilient and in a good place to educate them. This needs a holistic approach and parent, teenagers and students can only benefit from the current research and application of this research. Much, much more about this in further posts.
I love this TED talk by Shawn Achor watch and enjoy and have a better understanding of Positive Psychology and the importance of this science for us all.