02 Jan The Science of Happiness (Positive Psychology) summed up
by Jeremy McCarthy and Positive Psychology News Daily
I_ã_ve been thinking about how to sum up the main topics of positive psychology. Many people think of Chris Peterson_ã_s three word summary, _ã–Other people matter._ã This phrase, powerful in its brevity, captures some of the incredible findings to date on the impact of our relationships on our overall well-being. But after a year of extensive study in a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree program, I have been trying to process and assimilate all that I have learned . . . and I can_ã_t possibly sum it up in only three words.
Five Questions of Positive Psychology
When I am trying to tell someone else about positive psychology, I find myself repeatedly asking five questions that help me capture, categorize, and remember much of what I learned. The questions are:
- How do you relate to others? (a.k.a. the _ã–other people matter_ã question.)
- What are you thankful for?
- What are you good at?
- What are you hoping for?
- What does it all mean?
These questions are as close as I have come to summing up positive psychology.
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