Positive psychology is part of the newest wave of psychology. Instead of focusing on why so many people suffer from depression, what causes anxiety, or how many veterans suffer from PTSD, it focuses on how successful people reach their peak, how the happiest people became happy, how to feel our best at work, etc. Positive psychology has paved the way for research on happiness and life satisfaction, giving us the tools to become the best versions of ourselves and not just content with life but ecstatic.
Up until recently, for every 100 articles on clinical pathology such as depression and anxiety, there was only one article on happiness. That has changed in the past 20 years, as scientists such as Martin Seligman have deviated from the norm in psychology. They have asked themselves a key question: What if instead of treating illness or negative emotions when they arise, we focus on preventing those negative emotions from ever coming up in the first place?
Typically, when a person seeks psychological treatment their symptoms are almost unbearable. This makes the problem that much harder to solve. As a health psychologist working within the positive psychology framework, I suggest incorporating preventive techniques and positive psychology coaching into our lives. As we do so, we will build on our strengths instead of weaknesses and increase resilience and our ability to deal with adversity and negative emotions.
Our goal is to achieve enduring happiness. Research has shown that if we engage in these four techniques daily, we will be more likely to achieve it and become more satisfied with our lives: