Positive Psychology differs from mainstream Psychology because it assumes a fundamental level of wellness, rather than illness. Instead of trying to fix problems, therefore, Positive Psychology practitioners work with clients to enhance their lives, giving them the tools and techniques to overcome challenges and flourish.
In my personal (non-practitioner) life, as I grow older and (hopefully!) wiser I am trying to adopt similar principles.
Currently my focus is on choosing to see the good in people and situations, even when - ESPECIALLY when - it's hard.
This doesn't always come naturally but, like working muscles, repeated effort reaps reward.
People, situations and life are never black and white. Everything is shades of grey.
And as humans are emotional beings we often let our own insecurities cloud our judgement and affect the way we interact with others.
If we approach others with unconditional positive regard, kindness and empathy, accepting their flaws and understanding that often the way they react towards us is more a reflection of their own internal struggles than their feelings about us, it can foster not only better relations with them but also a better relationship with ourselves.
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