What is Positive Psychology?
The study of positive psychology was started because it has come to be realised that whilst psychology tells us how to relieve misery and suffering it does not necessarily help us to find what is best in life and how to enjoy it and become happier. That is the goal of positive psychology.
Martin Seligman PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Pensylvania and a past president of the American Psychology Association, founded the study of positive psychology. As he has said:
Research is increasingly finding that if we approach life with optimism then we are happier, healthier, more resilient and successful. Positive psychology has drawn on CBT principles and psychological research to find ways of helping people to learn to become more optimistic (when it will be helpful to them) and thus happier.