The purpose of Positive Psychology is simply about getting better at enjoying life!

The key to well-being is living with meaning and purpose. Learning to live here and now, enjoying the pleasures life offers and being resilient when times are tough. Positive Psychology focuses on what will make you healthy and happy.

Think positively and behave constructively• Create greater success, health and happiness • Identify and maximise your strengths • Develop the skills to handle adversity confidentially and creatively

Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology whose purpose was summed up in 1998 by Professors Martin Seligman* and Mohali Csikszentmihalyi*. (No-I can’t pronounce that!) It describes a way of living an abundant life drawing on our strengths and uniqueness. All aspects of psychological work are chosen on the basis it will help a client live to their full ability. Anything is used that will create movement toward a more fulfilling life.

You can expect an interest in what a successful outcome from therapy or coaching would be for you. Understand at the earliest point what actually motivates you. Your abilities and strengths will be bought to the surface. Self-limiting thinking  revealed and replaced by new more realistic and empowering attitudes.

This differs from many modes of psychological help in that ‘exploration’ becomes a strategy only if it is clearly signified by you that it would lead to more resourceful ways of responding to present day events.

Some people make the mistake of thinking that therapy is about exploration – of the past, of ‘issues’ or of problems and that out of that will come something better. If you have the time, stamina and money to spend in lengthy therapy then this approach just might work for you.

Any course of action, including psychology must have a purpose. It is vital that, at the earliest opportunity that the purpose of therapy is transparent.

*Martin Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Psychology. He was previously the Director of the Clinical Training Program in the department. He is the director of the university’s Positive Psychology Center.[3] Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association for 1998.[4] He is the founding editor-in-chief of Prevention and Treatment Magazine (the APA electronic journal) and is on the board of advisers of Parents magazine.

*Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. Now at Claremont Graduate University, he is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College. He has published a research based book titled ‘Flow’ which expounds the conditions for optimum emotional experience.

It not what has happened to us in the past, but how we respond now, that is the major influence on our future happiness.