In a world of daunting news, you may have noticed an increasing interest in balancing bad with positive news. We believe that, indeed, more good things than bad things happen daily, but somehow the bad gets more attention and coverage.
We are not alone in this belief. In the last few years, there has been a surge of positive news sites; there is a movement that encourages positive education, sites that inspire people to do random acts of kindness, and even a branch of psychology that focuses on positive emotions and fostering our strengths instead of just “fixing” us.
When we decided to develop analyze.life and this section, we had this in mind – what Positive Psychology and other scientific studies have shown about life and happiness.
Positive Psychology – The science of what goes right in life
Per definition, positive psychology focuses on positive emotions. It explores the strengths and virtues that enable us to thrive, and examines questions such as:
What makes our life worth living?
How can we ‘flourish’ or ‘blossom’?
How do positive relationships succeed?
How can we find joie de vivre and meaning in life?
Christopher Peterson, expert on positive psychology, explains it very clearly: “Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It is a call for psychological science and practice to be as concerned with strength as with weakness; as interested in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst; and as concerned with making the lives of normal people fulfilling as with healing pathology.”
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