Look on the bright side

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Positive psychology is taking the mental health community by storm. First introduced in 1999, this new branch of psychology is on the rise, both in awareness and application of this science.

So what exactly is positive psychology?

Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. Instead of using psychology to understand and cope with the bad, this new branch of psychology is focused on understanding the good and striving for happiness. Throughout the history of psychology, the focus has always been problem-driven. Find the problem, find the cure. However, the goal of positive psychology is to complement the problem-driven psychology with a dose of positive-driven psychology.

The name is pretty self-explanatory.

I was first exposed to this a couple of years ago, and while at first I was skeptical, today I am a true believer of the practice. Why should we settle for not being depressed, when we can strive for happiness? Yes, there’s a big difference between being happy and not being depressed. Instead of always looking for problems everywhere, it’s time to pursue happiness, and understand it from a scientific standpoint.

So far, there have been many conclusions made through this branch of psychology. And while many of these conclusions may have been known before, they were only scientifically proven lately, thanks to this positive approach.

Crisis reveals character, and positive psychology tries to shift the focus to thinking positively and not succumbing to the crisis.   

Money can buy happiness, if you’re spending on someone else and not yourself.

These conclusions and many more all circulate around the same motto, think positive. Take a private moment in the middle of the day to breathe 3 times and think about the good. At the end of the day, look back and think of 3 good things that happened to you. Even on the shittiest of days, you’ll always be able to find 3. I slept through the night without waking up, I had a delicious sandwich for breakfast and I found a good parking spot at work. There, that’s 3 and it’s not even noon…

So, release your negative thoughts, embrace positive psychology and start looking on the bright side of life.

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