What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

Source: Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

This particular area of psychology focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives. While many other branches of psychology tend to focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior, positive psychology is centered on helping people become happier.


Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It is a call for psychological science and practice to be as concerned with strength as with weakness; as interested in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst; and as concerned with making the lives of normal people fulfilling as with healing pathology.

Source: Christopher Peterson at Psychology Today

Positive psychology is a science of positive aspects of human life, such as happiness, well-being and flourishing.

Source: Positive Psychology UK

Positive psychology is the study of topics as diverse as happiness, optimism, subjective wellbeing, and personal growth.

Source: Introduction to Positive Psychology

The term “positive psychology” is a broad one, encompassing a variety of techniques that encourage people to identify and further develop their own positive emotions, experiences, and character traits.

Source: Harvard Health Publications