Positive Psychology in Practice
Positive psychology explores how we can be happier and more fulfilled. It focuses on what is already there within us, instead of targeting to bring about change at cognitive level.
According to Martin Seligman, often regarded as the founder of positive psychology, on ways to build strengths and well-being, had described three paths to happiness.
3 paths to happiness
First being “The Pleasant Life” in indulgement in things and moments that make you feel good, second is “The Engaged Life” where you live in a way that builds your virtue and strengths, and thirdly “The Meaningful Life” is the one that serves for a cause that gives purpose and meaning to your life.
Positive psychology helps reduce depressive symptoms
Martin suggested to strive on Aristotle’s concept of “flourishing”, that by pursuing a good and meaningful life predicts greater life satisfaction overall.
Positive psychology has shown effectiveness in helping to reduce depressive, anxiety symptoms and stress disorders in some studies. Positive psychology interventions (PPI) are a set of scientific strategies to promote positive emotions.
Steps used in PPI
Identify top 5 positive qualities or strengths you possess and always try to use at least one of your top strengths daily.
Keep a gratitude journal - Write down 3 good things that happened for the day, in every evening.
Actively express gratitude to others by saying “thank you” or gratitude visits.
Reinforce kindness. Focusing on compassionate acts like volunteering, donation or helping someone. It is not about how much money you spend on it, but the goal is to get involved with kindness activities.
Strengthening empathy-oriented relationships, helping to understand others’ perspectives during communication.
Setting realistic goals and planning effective means to achieve them
Imagine the best possible future that you imagine to be, and journal how can you achieve it
Practice mindfulness meditation sessions
(updated : December, 2019)
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