The Positive Psychology Center at The University of Pennsylvania, defines positive psychology as the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. To appreciate the levels at which positive psychology operates we can turn to the thoughts of two of the leading commentators on the subject Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who note that:
"The field of positive psychology at the subjective level is about valued subjective experiences: well-being, contentment, and satisfaction (in the past); hope and optimism (for the future); and flow and happiness (in the present). At the individual level, it is about positive individual traits: the capacity for love and vocation, courage, interpersonal skill, aesthetic sensibility, perseverance, forgiveness, originality, future mindedness, spirituality, high talent, and wisdom. At the group level, it is about the civic virtues and the institutions that move individuals toward better citizenship: responsibility, nurturance, altruism, civility, moderation,tolerance, and work ethic."
See following link for a fascinating interview with the late, great Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in which he shares the stories behind his scientific interests, sources of scientific ideas and the process of promoting the concepts he had written about.
Dr. Robert Zeitlin is a positive psychologist specializing in coaching parents to "do less and enjoy more" with their kids. He is the author of "Laugh More, Yell Less: A Guide to Raising Kick-Ass Kids." In this excellent TED talk, Dr. Zeitlin speaks about how you can be your best self and "embrace your superpowers."
The mission of the Positive Psychology Center (PPC) at the University of Pennsylvania is to promote research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. The PPC is internationally recognized for empirical studies in Positive Psychology and resilience and the Center’s scholars are world-renowned experts in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, and grit.
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