Traditionally in psychology, the focus has been on treating mental illness. Although, this is critically important for those facing these difficulties, it does not give a complete picture of all aspects of mental health.
Positive Psychology is a new wave of psychology that shifts away from the healing pathology of the individual, to the promotion of well-being, life satisfaction and flourishing. Martin Seligman, one of the key founders of positive psychology, further developed a common language for the flourishing or ‘good life’, by describing the presence of five different components known as the acronym PERMA.
Living life down the good end of the mental health and wellbeing continuum according to PERMA, involves the inclusion of;
Positive psychology is not just about being happy all of the time. Life can be incredibly hard sometimes, and disappointments and challenges are inevitable. However, scientific research has shown that there are some strategies and skills we can use to enhance the positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment in our lives, as well as navigate the challenges of life more successfully and enjoy life despite adversities.
Positive Psychology Tip 1: Start a ‘What went well today?
When we think about negative events, we can lose perspective and be stuck in a cycle of not very useful emotions. Start a family routine during meal time or after school that involves each member of your family sharing three things that went well in their day. Starting with the ‘good’ will bring about positive emotions, which may translate into other areas of family life.
Katherine Bedford - Student Wellbeing