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Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology {1998 by martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi}.

Several humanistic psychologists such as Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers and Erich Form had developed theories and practices pertaining to human happiness and flourishing.

Positive psychology has moved ahead in a variety of new directions. It is concerned with three issues;-

  1. Positive Emotions – These are :
  • Concerned with being content with ones past.
  • Being happy in the present.
  • Having hope for the future.
  1. Positive Individual Traits – Focus on one’s strength and virtues.
  2. Positive institutions – strengths to better a community of people.

Neurosciences brain imaging have shown increasing potential for helping science to understand happiness and sadness.

Nobel prize winner Eric Kandel and researcher Cynthia Fu studied depression and happiness and involved brain parts.

As per the researches done under positive psychology it had been found that :-

  • People are generally happy .
  • Money doesn’t necessarily buy well-being; but spending money on other people can make individuals happier.
  • Work can be important to well-being, especially when people are able to engage in work that is purposeful and meaningful.
  • While happiness is influenced by genetics, people can learn to be happier by developing optimism, gratitude and altruism.
  • Activities bring more happiness than possessions.
  • Being wealthy does not make you more likely to be happy than other people, as long as everyone’s income is above the poverty level.
  • Grateful people are more likely to be healthy, hopeful and have a greater sense of well-being.
  • Seeing other people do good things makes us want to do good too.
  • An optimistic outlook reduces the risk of physical and emotional health problems.

Healthy Beings

Healthy human beings are the ones who have :-

  • A positive outlook on life.
  • A realistic set of expectation and approaches to life.
  • Effective management on emotions.
  • Ability to function well with others
  • Ability to draw strength from others without being overly dependent upon them.
  • Reasonable appetites.
  • Spiritual nature.
  • Effective coping skills.
  • Honest self- regard and self- esteem
  • Positive view towards the world.

Bhagawad Gita is the first recorded evidence of crisis intervention psychotherapy it describes the various forms of yoga relating to spirituality.

APA journal; Nov 2009, vol 40 No. 10 Article, “ yoga as a practice tool” – with a growing body of research supporting yoga’s mental health benefits, psychologists are weaving the practice into their work with clients.

The psychology of yoga is that of “Chitta – vritti – nirodhah – restraint of the mind-stuff or the psychological apparatus inside generally known as the MIND.



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