“Positive psychology” is an umbrella term that includes the theories and research about what makes life worth living. Its central concerns are: positive experiences — such as a satisfied life; character strengths — how knowing yours, and consciously using them more regularly can be beneficial; and mindfulness – this practice can help us to integrate other aspects.
Positive Psychology is a fairly new branch of psychology (only around 20 years) founded by Martin Seligman in 1998: then he was a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and also the president of the American Psychological Association (APA). Positive psychology is the study of “understanding and fostering the factors that allow individuals, communities and societies to flourish”: it focuses on understanding, and promoting the things that make life worth living. A scientific approach is taken to do this.
Positive psychology focuses on understanding and promoting the actions that “lead to well-being, to positive individuals, to flourishing communities, and to a just society”. There are some simple activities that you can try out which will enable you to experience if this is something you want to learn more about, so you can benefit from the findings of positive psychology research.
Introduction to Positive Psychology – This is a PowerPoint presentation that can be emailed to you on request by contacting Priscilla on email@example.com
This briefly outlines what positive psychology is all about, so you can decide if you wish to explore it in more depth in future. Positive psychology emphasizes that our happiness is largely a result of how we choose to respond to what happens to us. From the research, there are some simple things we can learn to do that will increase our well-being. Interested to find out how?
Exploring Positive Psychology — 5 sessions — weekly via zoom
This is a series of 5 sessions that enable participants to further their knowledge about several of the important elements in positive psychology:
- What are positive emotions? How do these differ from pleasurable experiences? How can they help us to become more resilient?
- What are character strengths? Do you know what your top 5 strengths are? How can this knowledge assist a person to cope better, and also relate more effectively to others?
- What is mindfulness? How can I learn to do this? How often do I need to do this to help myself now and in the future?
- What constitutes a meaningful life? How can I increase my motivation and resilience? How do I achieve a balanced and meaningful life?
- Setting goals to work on in future – short term, medium term and long term.
Maximum number of participants: up to max of 10 although 5–6 preferred
Currently the course is run via Zoom meetings — 1hour weekly over 5 weeks. Note: small groups can be accommodated as needed. We completed the first course at the end of July 2020, and the second course was complete in early September. So we can commence the next 5 week course when there are a few people who enroll to take part . The time of the weekly 1 hour zoom sessions will be determined by the participants as it needs to suit all involved. If you would like to know more about this course and are interested but unsure about it, please email Priscilla on firstname.lastname@example.org.