Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the study of positive mental health and the conditions that promote optimal functioning, such as enjoyable experiences and the use of character strengths1,2. "The aim of positive psychology is to begin to catalyze a change in the focus of psychology from preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building positive qualities"3. Research findings from the field of positive psychology are used to inform practice in the area of mental health promotion and have provided the foundation for model programs and resources developed as a part of Every Moment Counts.

For more information about positive psychology, visit the Positive Psychology Center (http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu) and the International Positive Psychology Association (http://www.ippanetwork.org).

1 Gable, S. L., & Haidt, J. (2005). What (and why) is positive psychology? Review of General Psychology, 9, 103-110.
2 Seligman, M. E. P. (2002). Authentic happiness. New York: Free Press.
3 Seligman, M. E. P., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist, 55, 5-14.