This blog draws inspiration from Brene Brown’s spiritual connection and establishes the correlation by achieving inner happiness through positive psychology. Regardless of whether you are a spiritual or religious person, or without religious connections, the power of positive psychology enables true happiness from within the person themselves.
Positive psychology is a relatively new form of psychology and was introduced by Martin Seligman in 1998, although the term originated from Abraham Maslow in 1954 (Seligman, 2002). Positive psychology promotes happiness by enhancing wellbeing and creating meaning and purpose in life for the client. Happiness, or inner satisfaction is dependent on the release of positive emotions in creating positivity and appreciation, giving the client vision for the future.
There are three components of positive psychology – positive emotions, positive personal characteristics and positive associations. Each component portrays a different pathway for achieving happiness.
The hedonic side, or pleasure seeking side of happiness is achieved through the release of positive emotions in appreciating the simple delights in life, such as company, human needs, and beauty in nature.
The purposeful activation of strengths through the experiential engagement of flow is a fully committed demonstration of one’s potential in accomplishing happiness through achievement (Nakamura & Csikszentmihalyi, 2005).
An altruistic approach in using strengths as a service to other people brings happiness and fulfilment to the individual. This happiness through charitable endeavours makes life more meaningful (Seligman, 2002).
At Life Counselling Solutions, we implement positive psychology techniques and focus on empowering the client to activate their strengths in amending their current issues. In effect, this increases their positivity and assists them to regain control of their own domain.