Positive psychology is a branch of psychology that gained traction in 1998 with acclaimed psychologist, Martin Seligman, but holds both historical roots in Black Psychology and ancient roots with Aristotle in the 300s BC. It started with Aristotle's concept of "eudaimonia", which translates to "spiritual flourishing", the ultimate state of happiness and well-being. Unlike clinical psychology, positive psychology focuses on people's strengths rather than weaknesses and teaches people how to thrive as well as survive. Positive psychology does not teach people to force themselves to think positively through challenges (which is called "toxic positivity"), but rather teaches people to think and feel accurately through challenges and to take an optimistic charge in one's engagement with life.
P.E.R.M.A. is an acronym created by Martin Seligman that represents the 5 main components of positive psychology and overall well-being, as pictured above. We separated these 5 key facets into categories of our interpretations to extend Seligman's definition listed below: Mindfulness (Engagement), Social Connection (Relationships), Gratitude and Giving (Positive emotion, Engagement, and Meaning), Positive and Negative Emotions (Positive emotion), Growth Mindset and Achievement (Achievement), Purpose and Meaning (Meaning), and Neuroplasticity, which is interconnected to all 5 characteristics. This website will help lay out definitions of each of these pillars, as well as provide outside resources of articles, books, videos, and podcasts to help better understand them and apply them to your life. That is the key to gaining the true benefits of positive psychology, a term Aristotle called "phronesis", or "practical wisdom" -- one may only know true long-term happiness if they are committed to the consistent, everyday practice of these pillars.
20 Apr 2018 by Courtney E. Ackerman
8 Dec 2021 by James McConchie
By the University of New Hampshire
26 Jan 2017 by Nicole Celestine
By Kim I. Mills with American Psychological Association
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1 Jul 2015 by Collie W. Conoley, et al.
9 Sep 2022 by Christian R. Bellehumeur, Cynthia Bilodeau, and Christopher Kam
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By Jonathan Haidt
By Martin Seligman
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This week we explore the final ethical theory in this unit: Aristotle’s virtue theory. Hank explains the Golden Mean, and how it exists as the midpoint between vices of excess and deficiency. We’ll also discuss moral exemplars, and introduce the concept of “eudaimonia.”
We are often encouraged to believe that the goal of our lives should be happiness. But unfortunately the word happiness is misleading, in that it suggests that it might be possible to have a good life and not go through a lot of pain. We might be better off defining our purpose in terms of another word – this one drawn from Ancient Greek: EUDAIMONIA.
In this episode, many topics will be discussed regarding Mindfulness, specifically on how can someone be mindful and when should someone need to be mindful.
Positive psychology exercises are science-based interventions that help to increase psychological well-being.
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