Positive psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology. The focus of positive psychology is on personal growth rather than on pathology, as is common among older frameworks within psychology. It’s the scientific study of what makes life worth living. Positive psychology wants to complement, rather than ignore or replace more traditional areas of psychology, adding an emphasis on positive human development. It’s as concerned with strength as with weakness, as interested in happiness as in sadness. It’s interested in healing.
Although “positive”, I didn’t want the baseline of my blog to be “positive psychology for a good life”, but rather “positive psychology for better living”:
- Because our focus should not be on the destination (“a good life”), but on the road (“better living along the way”).
- Because life will never be perfect and there’s always room for improvement.
- Because to grow is to make mistakes, and that’s okay.
- Because if we don’t make mistakes, we don’t try hard enough.
- Because sometimes it’s okay not to grow and taking a moment (a few days, weeks, months, maybe years) to just stand still.
- Because good days have common features: feeling autonomous, competent, and connected to others.
- Because people want to be happy. And better living can be taught.
- Because happiness leads to desirable outcomes at school, work, your social relationships, even to good health and a long life.
- Because money makes an ever-diminishing contribution to well-being, unless it is spent on other people.
- Because the heart matters the most. Schools explicitly teach critical thinking, but should also learn unconditional caring.
- Because friendship and love is amazing and should be enjoyed, not feared.
- Because better living is hard work, and there are no shortcuts.
- Because ultimately don’t we all just want to do our thing?
- What’s your thing?
My goals for this blog are two-fold. First, I’d like to discuss some research about positive psychology and hopefully inspire a few people to lead a better, amazing life. Second, I want this blog to be a reflection of me. I’ll do my best to tell you my story.
To better living,