What´s Positive Psychology?

1099 WordsJun 21, 20185 Pages
As discussed in Paper #1, positive emotions and thinking, character strengths, and values are integral to positive psychology. Positive psychology asserts that by addressing each of these core concepts, people can live a happier, and by extension healthier, life. However, the productivity and well-being which can result from the applications of positive psychology are viable far beyond the personal level; when utilized at the institutional level, the same efficacy can be seen in much broader contexts. Accordingly, in this paper I will discuss the usage of the aforementioned core concepts in three distinct institutional areas: family, school, and the workplace. I will conclude on the underlying themes seen in each, and the effect that…show more content…
When examining the application of positive education, all of the above can be found easily: students learn what is best for them personally, students are respected as members of their own teaching team, and students are given expectations which are clear and fair. In terms of workplace applications of positive psychology, institutional values are the easiest need met. Deeply engrained within company mission statements are guiding principles which serve as the moral tenets for an organization’s culture. Ensuring there is an articulated goal within a company’s mission statement, and further ensuring that workplace practices effectively work towards those goals in ways which are fair and equal, can create strong feelings of togetherness within personnel. More difficult within a good workplace, is the proper usage of character strengths. Character strengths can play the biggest role in ensuring employees find flow within the workplace. Additionally, if employees can reach heightened levels of engagement, they may also experience greater levels of workplace satisfaction and happiness. Unfortunately, as described by Claudia Harzer and Willibald Ruch, the application of character strengths may pose an issue, “Firstly, an
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