Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. It aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive.
A full human life, however, is composed of both opportunities and problems, and a flourishing life involves both the skills necessary to take advantage of the opportunities and the ability to cope with the problems. The good life is not just about cultivating gratitude, optimism and love; it is also about dealing with guilt, disappointment, and jealousy. Since human beings cannot avoid all negative experiences, part of what flourishing entails is learning to cope with them as effectively as possible.
The Impact of Positive Psychology
Positive Psychology has made a remarkable impact since its founding, less than two decades ago. It has effected a shift in the balance of empirical studies in psychology toward topics like positive emotions, character strengths, engagement, and meaning (Rusk & Waters, 2013; Donaldson, Dollwet & Rao, 2015). It has also changed the way many practitioners approach their work, with an increasing number of psychotherapists, educators, coaches and business consultants incorporating the results of Positive Psychology research into their professional endeavours (Donaldson, Csikszentmihalyi, & Nakamura, 2011; Seligman, 2011; Pawelski, 2013b).
Instead of concentrating on pathology, Positive Psychology emphasizes “the most positive qualities of an individual: optimism, courage, work ethic, future-mindedness, interpersonal skill, the capacity for pleasure and insight, and social responsibility”. It focuses on “the best things in life,” on “what makes life most worth living,” and this includes such things as “growth, mastery, drive, and character building,” “human strength,” and “family and civic virtue”. Positive Psychology also studies “how normal people flourish under…benign conditions.” It discovers “what actions lead to well-being, to positive individuals, to flourishing communities, and to a just society” (Seligman, 2011).
How Flourister will help you
Flourister is designed to foster your self-development process by supporting the five elements of well-being, as put forward by Martin Seligman – widely regarded as the founding father of Positive Psychology. The five elements (also referred to as PERMA) are positive emotion, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and accomplishment (Seligman 2011).
That’s why Flourister embeds features such as giving and receiving structured feedback in an appreciative way, sharing best practice and helping each other within the buddy community, and providing assignments and reflections that are engaging and meaningful and help develop positive emotions.
With Flourister, we have operationalized research from Positive Psychology so that we can all say:
“Yes” to more positive emotion in life.
“Yes” to more engagement with the people we love – in our work, and in our leisure.
“Yes” to better relationships with people.
“Yes” to more meaning in life.
“Yes” to more positive accomplishment.
And “Yes” to human flourishing.