Updated: Apr 9, 2019
What positive psychology is and why society needs it more than ever.
I love quotes, I can read about 100 of them in a day. Along with mantras, and affirmations, quotes are a staple for me to keep my positive attitude energized. One day as I was scrolling through the quotes section of GoodReads.com, an author quoting "positive psychology" kept coming up. It was mentioned so many times, I thought to mysef, "there must be something to this." A few week's later, I delved into my research of positive psychology--a newer study of the science of happiness and felt like it was the answer to happiness that could be applied to anyone and just about any situation. So, what is positive psychology? It's a scientific study of what makes life worth living.
"Everyone is searching for happiness, mindfulness, and fulfillment."
If I were to make a short list of what makes life worth living for me it would simply be the following:
1. Being a Girl mom
2. My obsession for Disney
3. Food! .. after all a happy stomach makes for one happy heart
4. And inspirational things that keep me optimistic (books, movies, etc.)
So, what are some things that make your life worth living? I want you to name 1-4 things that make life worth living for you--even if you can only list one thing..that's a good start we can expand the concept of positive psychology upon. Why are we listing these you say? Well, simply put...if something feels good, we naturally want to feel it again. If you can focus on your worthwhile list and bring something from that list into your everyday life...I promise they will become mood boosters for you.
What are mood boosters?
1. Anything that makes you savor life!
2. Something that brings you gratitude
3. Making sure we get enough sleep
4. Making sure that we exercise our bodies!
Why is positive psychology more important now than ever? Simply, put most of us are living a universal feeling of depression, anxiety, and stress. Have you ever caught yourself in the search of something? Everyone is searching for happiness, mindfulness, and fulfillment. We are living in a world full of different types of sadness. Did you know that we prescribe at 400 times the rate that we did two decades ago? And this statistic is according to the studies made since 1988 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are groups of us who are unhappy, and in fact, studies show that we are not getting any happier. But it doesn't have to be that way!
So how do we attain happiness? By the practice of positive psychology and building good habits. The first step in achieving this is by identifying our signature strengths which I will be talking about in my next post. If you are ready to go on this journey with me, subscribe to my blog or follow me on the Gram (@happiestjenonearth).