Everyone should focus on their mental health – even when they’re not experiencing mental illness. To support your mental health, consider utilizing the power of positive psychology to proactively boost your feelings of happiness.
Positive psychology focuses on positive emotions and personal strengths. This includes focusing on our character strengths, optimistic emotions, and constructive institutions. This practice is based on the belief that happiness is derived from both emotional and mental factors. I found myself at a point of burnout in parenting and in my personal life 7 years ago, which led me to create my nonprofit, L.I.F.E.
As part of the development of the organization I was researching how to find and sustain happiness. I was searching how to find sustained happiness, fulfillment, and enlightenment in my life. This is when I came across Martin Seligman, Ph. D.’s work and research in positive psychology – which he created in 1998 when he gave his presidential address to the American Psychology Association (APA). Its core topics include happiness, wellbeing, resilience, flow, and mindfulness. Because of his research, Dr. Seligman is now widely regarded as the Father of Modern Positive Psychology. As part of his research, he identified five elements that are important for happiness – positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement. The acronym for these elements, PERMA, is the term that they are most often referred to.
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