The Power of Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology, or positive thinking, is nothing more than the (scientific) study of ordinary human strengths and virtues [1]. Another definition that exists describes the concept as ‘the scientific study of what makes life most worth living[2]’.

It was only until recently that I came across ‘Positive Psychology’. Despite being unfamiliar with the term, it immediately grabbed my attention and as I began researching it more, I discovered that I was actually applying it in my daily life without even realising, which means that there’s a pretty good chance that you are too! Becoming more mindfully aware of the practical applications of this concept can raise your positivity and help lead you to a happier life!

One main reason for incorporating ‘Positive Psychology’ into one’s daily life is that surprisingly little effort can reap substantial results. Positive thinking can help with stress management and even offer some major health benefits [3].

The meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning in life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment – Viktor E. Frankl (1959)

Start by thinking about what makes your life worth living, acknowledging your strengths and virtues, and try to have a positive approach towards basically everything in life. The process of a more positive way of thinking is easy, but it takes time and practice until you are able to enjoy the full benefits.

Hopefully, these words have inspired you to take a deeper look into the concept of positive psychology and positive thinking. I’d like to wrap things up with my three favourite ways to ‘level up’ one’s daily dose of positivity. First and foremost, surround yourself with positive people because, according to Jim Rohn, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Secondly, practice positive self-talk. Don’t say anything to yourself that you would not say to anyone else. Lastly, actively express gratitude for everything you are thankful for in life.

P O S I T I V E  V I B E S – P O S I T I V E  M I N D – P O S I T I V E  L I F E

Laurien Damen


[1] Why Positive Psychology Is Necessary by Kennon M. Sheldon & Laura King (2001)

[2] Meaning and Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson & Nansook Park (2014)

[3] Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress. (2020, 21 January). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950