What Is Positive Psychology?

Positive psychology is the study of happiness. Psychology has traditionally focused on dysfunction—people with mental illness or other issues—and how to treat it. Positive psychology, in contrast, is a field that examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled.

Recent posts on Positive Psychology

Youth Sports Are Not Part of the Entertainment Industry!

"It's a disgrace what we're doing. We're asking kids to compete to win. Why not ask them to compete to have fun?" Sparky Anderson, Baseball Hall of Fame manager

The Cure for Self Loathing? Self-Forgiveness

Self-loathing can take its toll on a person, robbing the self of vitality and happiness. Self-forgiveness can restore that vitality and set you free from the bondage of your past.

No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Which countries score the highest on empathy?

Leading by Example

How to bring positivity, optimism, and integrity to the workplace.

What Helps You Carry Your Load?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
How you feel and function is based on your load, personal vulnerabilities, and resources. If your load or vulnerabilities increase, so must your resources.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Having Fun Together

Fun is by definition associated with good feelings. While not the only source of good feelings, it is an important means of generating them. Love thrives on positive affect!

The Sense of Wonder

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
Feeling lonely, alienated, or disconnected? Reviving a childlike sense of wonder may be the key to recovery.

How a Sense of Purpose in Life Improves Your Health

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on July 14, 2017 in Minding the Body
Why bother getting out of bed in the morning? Having a good answer to that question may help you stay healthier and even live longer.

The Heroism That Grows from Defeat

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Listen Up!
Life is challenging: We need to learn how to have a really successful failure.

The Perils of Popularity

Likability is conducive to the establishment of satisfying relationships, personal and professional fulfillment, and good health. But popularity grounded in status can be harmful.

How Do You Measure Your Self-Worth?

Basing your self-worth on the wrong things is like building your house on an unsteady foundation. Pay attention to how you measure your value.

What's the Hurry?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Be mindful of rushing—your own and others. See how other people assume deadlines that aren't actually real, or feel pressured and intense about things that aren't that important.

Five Ways to Remove the Stigma Associated with Mental Health

Mental health issues impact millions in the U.S., and there are ways we can help.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Provide Comfort

When someone suffers physical or emotional pain, sadness, disappointment, anxiety or fear or frustration, bringing them comfort can illustrate love made useful.

Trump and Putin Do a Scene from a TV Series at G20 Summit

Artists unknowingly predict and sometimes create the future through their work. These coincidences point to a greater mind of which we are all a part.

The Psi of Coincidences

Telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition are common human experiences, perhaps with us from before human language developed. Modern science has no explanation.

13 Easy Ways to Be Happy Everyday

Does happiness elude you? Well, it starts with your daily habits.

Where Are You Headed?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 04, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Everyday life is entangling. What's the light that will guide you out of your own tangled woods, both the woods "out there" in the world and the ones "in here," in your own mind?
The Difficult Ones Are Everywhere!

The Difficult Ones Are Everywhere!

Learn to deal with difficult people and move to a stronger place when dealing with them with these FIVE steps!

Language, Geological Time, and Evolution

Language is one of the most important revolutionary advances of human beings. We will explore language with its individual development and relationship to emotions and cognition.

Reincarnation Research: Just a Coincidence?

Children ages 2-3 sometimes report details of the past lives of other people, claiming to have been that person.

Can You Have More Willpower?

Do you wish you had more self-control? We all have moments when our willpower seems to fail us and bad choices ensue. But can you really improve your willpower?

How to Compliment Beautiful People Better

By Donna Barstow on June 29, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
There is an art to giving compliments. Done the right way, you will both benefit!

Should You Compliment a Beautiful Person?

By Donna Barstow on June 28, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Even if you're not one of the beautiful people, you can still look and enjoy!

Fidget Spinner Fad Winds Down

Should fidget spinners be allowed at school?

Stop Making Me So Anxious!

Consider these five ways to move yourself away from the negative overtones and undertones and back to a centered, peaceful place.

What We Know About Gratitude And Giving Back

There is no question that gratitude is good for you. But is it good for society too?

Are You Getting Rope Burn?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
As you cling less, it becomes natural for one to lighten up, stay out of quarrels, have more compassion, and forgive. You'll feel more fed by the richness inherent in the present.


Don’t brag about how grateful you are. It’s too transparent.

52 Ways to Show I Love You:Stretching

When we stretch our bodies, our minds, our relationships we show love in ways that help it expand and transform. By honoring the old, accommodating the new and letting go, we grow.