Positive psychology is a new aspect of psychology which seeks to make people’s normal life more satisfying. Thus, it intends to find and build on people’s talents, rather than just treating mental illness. This can be done by using research intervention techniques and psychological theories which enhance creative, adaptive and positive aspects of human behavior.
Psychologists believe that the long term goal of positive psychology is to make people happy by changing the negative styles of thinking. However, acknowledgement of appropriate negativity in life like conflict engagement and emotions of guilt are essential for people to flourish. Thus, genuine happiness is a product of a life well lived, but not a programmed life.
Researchers have found that a number of factors affect happiness. For instance, they have noted that age, gender, culture, religion, social ties, political views, weather and ones culture can promote or take away ones happiness. Thus, they have pointed out that people should develop self preference and greater awareness. These will help them to focus on realistic goals which improve people’s happiness. Indeed, Broaden and Build theory clearly outlines how these factors can be used to generate happiness (Lopez et al., 2000).
I will use Positive Psychology lessons to assist me in identifying my strengths. Through this, I will be able to improve and sustain my well-being.
There have been recent postings on how to increase happiness. Indeed, three students suggested that this can be done by reducing negative but improving positive emotions. I totally agree with them, because this will change ones thinking and activities. Instead, it will promote intentional activities. Therefore, I will use Positive Psychology to improve my happiness. In fact, I will also take times to discuss with my friends who have used this branch of psychology before.
Lopez, S. J, Floyd, R. K., Ulven, J.C., & Snyder, C. R. (2000). Hope therapy: Building a house of hope. In C.R. Snyder (Ed.), The handbook of hope: Theory, measures, and applications (pp. 123-148). New York: Academic Press