Parables and Positive Psychology

How does the field of positive psychology relate to the prodigal son parable in the bible? As you may know, this blog pertains to the foundations of well-being from a perspective of positive psychology. I strongly believe in several findings from the field of positive psychology in questioning what it means to live a meaningful … Continue reading Parables and Positive Psychology

Passion and Perseverance

What is grit and how does it relate to one's well-being? Angela Duckworth is a close colleague of Marty Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. Her research is focused on the concept of grit, which is "a personality trait defined as passion and perseverance for long-term goals," (Duckworth & Eskreis-Winkler, 2015). Essentially, … Continue reading Passion and Perseverance

The Power of Positive Psychology

What is Positive Psychology, and how can it be implemented into my own life? While this blog touches on several topics relating to the mind and well-being, I think it is very fitting to alter and repost this topic on “The Power of Positive Psychology.” This is mostly because the topic was one of my … Continue reading The Power of Positive Psychology

Learned Optimism In Your Life

What is the idea behind learned optimism, and how can an optimistic perspective be of benefit in my own life? It goes without saying that an optimistic mindset is preferred over a pessimistic mindset. Yet, many of us find times where we struggle to look at the bright side, whether that be in reference to … Continue reading Learned Optimism In Your Life

PERMA Theory And the Mind-Body Connection

How can an increased understanding of PERMA Theory benefit my overall physical and mental well-being? I concluded my last post titled "The Inevitable Mind-Body Connection" with the thought that positive thoughts could help individuals live healthier lives overall. I mentioned PERMA theory, but did not go in depth with this topic specifically. So, the idea … Continue reading PERMA Theory And the Mind-Body Connection

The Inevitable Mind-Body Connection

Why is it important to know that the mind and the body are interrelated? Why should I know about this in order to increase my overall health? The anatomical and physiological knowledge of the human body has exploded in recent years with the implementation of the scientific method. Because of this, physicians are now able … Continue reading The Inevitable Mind-Body Connection

Wealth and Well-Being

What is the nature of the relationship between wealth and perceived well-being? In my previous post, I mentioned that there are instances where people accumulate a significant amount of wealth at the expense of their well-being. While this is true in some cases, I think it is also important to point out that there are … Continue reading Wealth and Well-Being

The Pursuit of Happiness

What does it mean to be happy, and how can I make strides towards achieving my own happiness? It is written in the second paragraph of the U.S. constitution "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among … Continue reading The Pursuit of Happiness

Addiction In the Modern Society

How can addictions impair my ability to live the best life possible? The title for this post is inspired by a seminar-style course I took at the end of my last academic term. In a small group, we first discussed what it means to be addicted to something. What most definitions had in common is … Continue reading Addiction In the Modern Society

Where To Learn More About the Psychology of Well-Being

Where can a layman go to expose themselves more to the revolutionary field of positive psychology? In my previous posts, it's no secret that I rave about the field of positive psychology for its focus on what it means to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. This contrasts with several other fields of psychology that … Continue reading Where To Learn More About the Psychology of Well-Being