Traditional psychology is incredibly important and helpful, but it’s focused on turning negative mindsets into better mindsets. Positive psychology, on the other hand, is focused primarily on the positive. Instead of asking how you can move away from a negative mindset, it asks how you can move towards a positive one.
Today, I share insights from patients and research on the power of positive psychology. I discuss why, even when you can’t change your experience, you can change the explanation. I note that positive psychology takes a strength-based approach instead of a weakness-based one. I share the five aspects of positive psychology. I talk about the benefits of journaling and the power of gratitude. I discuss the importance of focusing less on having more and focusing more on being more. I talk about the ripple effect of happiness and the effect of feelings and thoughts on behavior and action. Finally, I note the physical benefits of a positive mindset.
“Gratitude is all about wanting what you have, as opposed to having what you want.”
– Dr. Mark Rowe
This week on In the Doctor’s Chair
- Positive psychology vs traditional psychology
- The five aspects of positive psychology
- Three ways to use a journal
- The ripple effect of a positive mindset
- The physical effects of a positive mindset