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Positive Psychology


Happiness and wellbeing, for the most part, are ultimately in our own hands. Positive Psychology is a theory by Dr. Martin Seligman. It suggests that happiness is more than obtainable as it is the natural result of building up our well-being and satisfaction with life.

According to his theory, there are 5 elements that he found essential to well-being:

  1. Positive Emotions
    Simply feeling good and positive. What is it that makes you feel good? Look for all the great things in your life and move on from the bad.
  2. Engagement
    How absorbed are you in what you do? Much of the work of Positive Psychology involved identifying and cultivating personal strengths, virtues and talents. When we identify our own greatest strengths, we can consciously engage in work and activities that make us feel most confident, productive, and valuable.
  3. Relationships
    Are you authentically connected to others and are these relationships healthy? The key to all relationships is balance, we must make an effort to maintain our connections and not only be surrounded by 'friends'.
  4. Meaning
    What matters most to you? We are at our best when we dedicate our time to something greater than ourselves. Identify what matters most to you, find some like-minded people and begin working together for the things you care about.
  5. Accomplishment
    Being good at something and setting tangible goals and feeling accomplished and successful. People need to win sometimes. To achieve well-being and happiness, we must look back on our lives with a sense of accomplishment: 'I did it, and I did it well'. How do we do this? Set tangible goals, and keep them in_sight. Success doesn't always come easy, but if we stay positive and focused, we are less likely to give up when the times get tough.

Keep in mind that this is a guiding framework to help you be in control of your own wellbeing. There are times when we need help and that is OKAY. If you need to talk and live in residence, email to speak to the residence counsellor.

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