Dr Martin Seligman is Director and founder of the Positive Psychology Center at University of Pennsylvania.

This is a new branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.

His research has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier – to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances.

Positive psychology interventions can also lastingly decrease depression symptoms. The research underlying these rigorously tested interventions is presented in the July/August edition of the American Psychologist, the journal of the American Psychology Association.


There are some useful resources here including the Signature Strengths Questionnaire …

4 thoughts on “Positive Thinking makes you happier

  1. I have an intuitive understanding of positive psychology. How can i find out more about it to pass on to the deaf pupils i teach?

    It will make a great difference.

  2. Indeed positive thinking has a lot of positives to go with it. However I feel having a realistic thinking makes life more pragmatic.

  3. This is great! When we focus on the positive, only good can come to us. This is a whole new paradigm of thinking and experiencing the world and the universe. The next generations will be totally different from the previous generations (including this one). A new and wonderful dawn is afoot.

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