29 Apr You don’t have to be mentally unwell to benefit from therapy; especially positive therapy
via Forbes by Brett Steenbarger
A previous Forbes article introduced the concept of “therapy for the mentally well”, describing a framework for expanding strengths and achieving goals, not just correcting personal problems. This article will build on this idea, suggesting that the research-backed change techniques that are part of short-term psychotherapies can be adapted to help us realize our personal ideals. Specifically, we’ll take a look at behavioral, cognitive, and solution-focused helping techniques and explore how each of them can be used to build our positive psychology.
Note that this is an important paradigm shift. Until recently, traditional mental health professionals have largely avoided human performance and the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment as helping goals. In part, this has been a function of insurance compensation criteria, which have generally required a medical diagnosis for mental health professionals to be reimbursed. These financial disincentives largely left the domain of positive psychology in the hands of “coaches” and “motivational speakers” who often lacked research-grounding for their well-intentioned assistance. With the explosion of research and practice in positive psychology, we’re now witnessing a true revolution: rigorous helping approaches devoted to the expansion of wellness and well-being. Here are three innovative modalities I’m finding most helpful in work with professionals operating in challenging financial markets…
…keep reading the full & original article for specific positive psychology strategies to boost your happiness and wellbeing – HERE