Positive Psychology "Probably the biggest insight... is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and... it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy." - Ed Diener

This section is one of my favorites and aligns very well with the toolkit’s well-being section. Here, I explore and offer resources to allow you to explore, in greater detail, the benefits of positive psychology. Positive psychology was made popular by Dr. Martin Seligman in the late 1990s, and since then has been further developed by other prominent social scientists. In essence, this section of the toolkit focuses on important elements centered around Seligman’s PERMA model: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. The aim of these resources is to help you live a life where you will be able to flourish and thrive on your own terms.

 

Coursera – Positive Psychology Online Course

“This course discusses research findings in the field of positive psychology, conducted by Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues. It also features practical applications of this science that you can put to use immediately to help you live a full and meaningful life.” -Coursera – Positive Psychology Introduction

 

“World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls “the upward spiral.” You’ll discover:

•What positivity is, and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective
• The ten sometimes surprising forms of positivity
• Why positivity is more important than happiness
• How positivity can enhance relationships, work, and health, and how it relieves depression, broadens minds, and builds lives
• The top-notch research that backs the 3-to-1 “positivity ratio” as a key tipping point
• That your own sources of positivity are unique and how to tap into them
• How to calculate your current positivity ratio, track it, and improve it

With Positivity, you’ll learn to see new possibilities, bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and become the best version of yourself.”  -Goodreads

 

 

“This book will help you flourish.” With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years—and the first to present his dynamic newconcept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different—it’s about actually raising the bar for the human condition. Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about.”  -Goodreads

 

Think Up is an app found on iTunes ($20). In effect, it’s is a mindfulness application that can be downloaded to your smartphone and accessed anytime—no Wi-Fi needed. It displays hundreds of positive affirmations for you to record in your own voice (which is key) to listen to regularly (preferably daily).

Think Up allows you to record your own affirmations as
ell and to choose your own inspiring background music. Lastly, you can opt to shuffle the affirmations to keep them varied.