The Toronto Centre for Positive Psychology




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What is Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is a science at the forefront of research into discovering how we can use our minds to create happier and more meaningful lives. Well being can be enhanced by mental training and the science of positive psychology puts into practice those skills and character strengths that promote happiness, flourishing and fulfillment.

Traditionally, psychology has used a disease model and has focused on emotional disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Psychologists, in the past, put most of their efforts into getting patients from a negative emotional state up to a neutral state, while very little effort was put into helping people move into a positive state. What positive psychology strives to do is to increase a person’s positive state, by teaching "happiness" through interventions that maximize positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and accomplishment.

In addition to increaseing happiness, Positive Psychology helps people to: *increase positive emotions *decrease hopelessness *increase wellbeing *decrease depression


What's New in Positive Psychology

The Toronto Centre for Positive Psychology will regularly post information about the latest in Positive Psychology News.

Check here for articles on the most current findings in Positive Psychology. This information will be updated weekly.

If you have missed any postings, click here to access our extensive library of archived articles.

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