Positive psychology is a scientific approach to identify what it truly means for a human being to experience a life of wellness, happiness, and fulfillment.
This is an evolving field of holistic research that touches on various aspects of life including work, love, spirit, solitude, physical and mental health.
With emphasis on the strengths that allow individuals and communities to thrive, developing a positive lifestyle is to focus on personal growth rather than on pathology alone.
These principles are based on continuous practices of mental and emotional wellbeing through meditation, learning, physical exercise, inspired activity, and positive social experiences.
According to Positive Psychology an Introduction by Martin E. P. Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Since World War II, psychology has become a science that is largely focused on healing emotional trauma. The almost exclusive attention to pathology neglects the holistic attributes of a healthy human being and a thriving community.
The idea is to foster the building of positive qualities that could protect us from these imbalances in the first place, or help us see through adversity in order to promote holistic health.
Positive Psychology and Meditation
With mental health becoming more of an evolving area of focus, meditation has been continuously examined as a way to better understand the potential benefits of a balanced mind. Because of the immense healing power of meditation, its physical benefits such as the ability to reduce pain, along with its emotional ability to reduce negative effects of anxiety and depression.
One key reason meditation is highly regarded in positive psychology is because it allows us to gain much more control over our own emotional energy. Having this sense of discipline is important — it allows us to cultivate confidence and build positive feelings within ourselves that translate into the real world.
Modern forms of meditation also contribute to enhancing the positive aspects of ones psychology. Brainwave entrainment techniques use specific audio tones and balanced frequencies to promote heightened states of cognitive ability such as:
- Intensified focus
- Enhanced mood
- Information retention
- Overall joy and enthusiasm
- Increased energy
- Inspiration and creativity