Positive Psychology Is For Everyone!
The scientific field of psychology officially opened their eyes and research mindsets to studying the concept of positive psychology (PP) around 1998 when it became the platform for the newly elected president of the American Psychological Association (APA) – Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, who is currently the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at the University of Penn and the director of PENN’s Positive Psychology Center.
The important fact is not that there are people finally studying “what is right in a thriving and flourishing person’s life,” because there have always been those who studied eminent beings, talented and gifted behaviors, optimism, and creativity. The difference is that the world – yes the world – is finally taking a pause and asking pinpointed questions and listening for strategies and digestible case studies on how to implement simple interventions to live a life filled with meaning and purpose at every age.
World Beat – National Pulse
If you do a Google search for “World Happiness” within 30 seconds you will get over 6 million entries,”Happiness in the USA” produces approximately 35 million entries within the same time frame – could it be that “One nation under God….” is finally ready to get serious about the Declaration of Independence and enjoy the truths of “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”
While the country has been growing since colonial days, so to has our technological infrastructure and global knowledge level of how other countries are developing and how people within and outside our nation live on a daily basis. The exciting news is that with these global connections and insights more interventions have been shared and tested to suggest ways of living life in a flourishing way.
Positive Psychology in Business
Human capital has always been the backbone of any successful business, however, many corporations created during the industrial period were successful in using intimidation, my way or the highway management motivation, and seniority rules with more perks and money. Employee loyalty during that period was high with complacency until unions emerged and workers would resolve labor issues to sustain a decent living eventually retiring 30-40 years later.
Human capital is still the backbone of a successful business yet, the need for engagement, purpose, and personal growth in a global and entrepreneurial fashion are taking root in employee demands and companies have to find ways to meet their technologically advanced thinkers or risk having high levels of intellectual turnover and possible decline in productivity and ROI.
More and more companies have created avenues for employees to utilize personal strengths by recrafting their positions, focused on developing positive human relationships with colleagues and customers, and highlighted the importance of emotions, trust, motivation, and authentic talents as equals to skills and know-how. Employers expect their talent pool to have the emotional readiness and strength based development before coming on board and those candidates who have had the opportunity to have learned strategies related to PP in their earlier schooling may be the leaders of tomorrow.
Positive Psychology in Education
Learning in a competitive and test-oriented environment does not elevate creativity and motivation in most children, instead, these methods lead to stagnation and support a fixed-mindset mentality.
Positive psychology runs counter to current day educational methodology as it focuses on elevating and utilizing character strengths in relation to performance strengths to foster a thriving dynamic within the learner and teacher. It is no surprise that children and teachers who feel better about themselves are more creative, have a higher tolerance and learning threshold, and are less likely to be depressed.
Schools throughout the country and across the world, especially the Geelong School in Australia, are utilizing strategies that emphasize student well-being, personal resilience, building positive relationships, discussing and sharing emotions, and creating a healthy lifestyle. Their commitment to enriching a young life with the motivation to become engaged in positive actions with others to meet goals and uncover their personal potential is establishing a young generation of excited achievers on a global level.
It is imperative that our parents, teachers, administrators, and other school personnel get on board with PP’s strategies, methodology, and research supported benefits so that our learners of today broaden and build their capacities to be creative, higher level thinkers and questioners, and develop that growth-oriented mindset that sets them on a life long learning journey to success.
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Positive Psychology: For the Boardroom, Classroom, and Family Room!