What´s Positive Psychology?

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Positive psychology is defined as a field of psychological theory and research which centers upon the psychological states, personal characteristics and strengths, and cultural institutions which make living most valuable (Psychology Dictionary, n.d.). Positive psychology relies on humans taking the brighter side of life and moving through time with kindness, patience, and the ability to forgive and pursue life to the fullest. Positive psychology is having a positive mindset. People having a positive mindset will be healthier than someone who is always negative. Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defined actual theory of positive psychology in 1998 that looks at all attributes of a person’s psychology. Traditional psychology is not overlooked, nor does it replace it. Positive psychology is viewed as a form of therapy that simply looks at the positive rather than just the treatment. Materialistic items and a great lifestyle often portray happiness. However, what you are thinking and how you feel about those thoughts accounts for happiness. Being mindful of your thoughts plays a big part in choosing to be happy. Taking time to be mindful or present with your thoughts doesn’t require a lot. Perhaps starting out with just a few minutes per day could work wonders. Taking time think positively release negative self-talk. Negative self-talk is the biggest block to positive thinking. Negative thinking can be part of the norm and is usually associated with people who are insecure, overly apologetic, and indecisive as well as vulnerable to numerous stress-related problems. Forgiveness is a feeling or action that another person does when a wrong has been done to that individual he or she may or may not forgive. Even though some ... ... middle of paper ... ... it? Forgiveness is not easy for some to ask for or give. Some situations often make people feel or believe that forgiveness of wrongdoing acts are not worth giving or sometimes receiving. This belief is especially viewed if the wrongdoing is considered as evil. Indeed, experts say that forgiving those who have wronged us helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart rate. (Haupt 2012) Haupt mentions in her article, How to Forgive, And Why You Should, that Duke University researchers reported a strong link between forgiveness and strengthened immunity among HIV-positive patients. Haupt further states that benefits aren't just limited to the physical. Letting go of old grudges reduces levels of depression, anxiety, and anger. People who forgive tend to have better relationships, feel happier and more optimistic, and overall enjoy better psychological well-being.

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