Traditional psychology is the study of mental illness. Positive Psychology, however, is the study of mental wellness. The focus of Positive Psychology is to study what people do right, what factors contribute to happiness, what makes individuals and communities flourish.
Four of the major aims of Positive Psychology:
- To be able to life’s challenges with resilience
- To have meaningful relationships with other people
- To find fulfillment in creativity and productivity
- And to find lasting meaning, satisfaction, and wisdom by looking beyond oneself (Keyes & Haidt, 2004)