Positive Psychology

“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 priscillagj2020@gmail.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 sessionsweekly 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 priscillagj2020@gmail.com.