What is Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology that conducts scientific inquiry into the factors that help individuals, communities and organisations thrive by building on their strengths and virtues (Peterson, 2008).

“Studying the positive can give us new knowledge about human flourishing, knowledge that would not be available to us if we simply studied the negative, no matter how comprehensively we did so” (Pawelski, p.9).

Positive Psychology is a fast growing field of science researched and taught at over 50 universities across the world including: Harvard University, Cambridge University, Princeton University and The University of Pennsylvania.

Positive Psychology is supported by prestigious funding bodies such as the National Science Foundation, USA National Research Schemes, Tempelton Foundation, Harvard Coaching unit. The first positive psychology researcher to win Noble Prize was Professor Daniel Kahneman in 2002. Positive Psychology tools and techniques have been successfully applied across sectors such as education, health, finance and the armed forces.