Psychology

🍋 Why Positive Psychology is like a fluffy Lemon Cake 🍋

Unveiling the truth about positive psychology, this post explores its role in enhancing resilience and well-being, and previews its workplace and everyday applications.
Annika Hermann
3 min to read

If you think that positive psychology is about wishful thinking, denying reality, and chanting affirmations to the universe, then hold on! Let's set the record straight:

  • Positive Psychology is real deal science.
  • It focuses on understanding and promoting the positive aspects of human experience (such as positive emotions, strengths, resilience, or optimism).
  • These aspects can bring tangible benefits to our lives.

Imagine you're trying to bake a cake. Positive psychology is like the baking powder:

  • It gives your cake an extra fluffy texture and helps it rise.
  • It doesn't magically transform a pile of flour and eggs into a perfect cake, but it makes it more enjoyable and enhances your outcome.

Positive psychology acknowledges life's challenges, but it encourages you to make the best lemon cake possible out of it.

While Positive Psychology is one of the fastest-growing branches in psychology today, it is an absolute newbie!

  • For the most part, psychological science has historically focused on identifying what's wrong with people to 'fix' them.
  • With the rise of positive psychology in the 1990s (largely due to Martin Seligman's work), the focus shifted.
  • It now emphasizes prevention over merely fixing what is broken.
  • Positive Psychology doesn't deny the importance of treatment but acknowledges the value of prevention and a broader view of mental health.

Stay tuned! In the next days, we'll explore:

  • The benefits of positive psychology in our workplaces.
  • Dive into more specific elements of positive psychology.
  • Share a couple of easy tips and exercises to apply it in your life.

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