Positive psychology: the science of optimal functioning
Positive psychology in a nutshell: the science of optimal functioning
Positive psychology is the science of the positive aspects of human life, such well-being, psychology of happiness, flow, personal strengths, wisdom, creativity, imagination and characteristics of positive groups and institutions. It can be summarised in the words of its founder, Martin Seligman, as the “scientific study of optimal human functioning [that] aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive”.
Here we aim to provide an overview of positive psychology, paying particular attention to the recent exciting research findings, their applications to different areas of practice and future directions in positive psychology.
Why choose this topic?
- to understand what positive psychology is all about;
- to develop an informed perspective on the major debates and research findings within this field;
- to see how positive psychology can be applied to practice.