Positive psychology is psychotherapy and coaching philosophy that fundamentally focuses on what is right with people not what is wrong. It is a technique that focuses on strengths and seeks to help people mobilize their own resources. It is a process to help you use your best to make you better.
Positive psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Positive Psychology has three central concerns: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. Understanding positive emotions entails the study of contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future
Positive psychotherapy is a set of techniques that are most effectively delivered with basic therapeutic essentials such as warmth, accurate empathy, basic trust and genuineness, and rapport.
For the individual it is about the capacity for love and vocation, courage, interpersonal skill, aesthetic sensibility, perseverance, forgiveness, and wisdom which are used to provide well-being, satisfaction, flow, joy and happiness.
” Happiness, fulfillment, generativity and other forms of positive well-being are the essential focus of positive psychology..” ” The essential contribution of positive psychology is to emphasize that the desirability of a meaningful life goes beyond the fact that meaningfulness reduces suffering. Even in the absence of suffering, trauma, pathology or misfortune, human life will fall short of its best potential if it lacks meaning” Roy Baumeister in The Handbook of Positive Psychology.