Wikipedia: Positive psychology began as a new domain of psychology in 1998 when Martin Seligman chose it as the theme for his term as president of the American Psychological Association. It is a reaction against past practices, which have tended to focus on “mental illness” and emphasized maladaptive behavior and negative thinking. It builds further on the humanistic movement by Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, James Bugental and Carl Rogers, which encouraged an emphasis on happiness, well-being, and positivity, thus creating the foundation for what is now known as positive psychology.
Positive psychology is concerned with eudaimonia, an Ancient Greek term for “the good life” and the concept for reflection on the factors that contribute the most to a well-lived and fulfilling life. Positive psychologists often use the terms subjective well-being and happiness interchangeably.
While the formal title “positive psychology” has only been around for the past two decades, the concepts that form the basis of this field have been present in religious and philosophical discourse for thousands of years. Some view positive psychology as a meeting of Eastern thought, such as Buddhism, and Western psychodynamic approaches. Other examples of the rich historical roots of positive psychology are present in the teachings of Aristotle, who emphasized the importance of happiness and well-being, which he referred to as eudaimonia.
Research is proving that positive emotions can help lower stress levels. And by lowering stress levels over the years, you can help reduce heart attack and stroke and other conditions, according to Harvard Medical School, Wellness Institute, Dec. 2020.
Other research in the field of psychology notes that by not allowing negative emotional states to be experienced, or by suppressing and hiding negative emotional responses, individuals may experience harmful physical, cardiovascular, and respiratory outcomes. So, it seems we can overdo positive psychology when we suppress the negative or stigmatize “negative thinking”. (See Lolo Lesser’s blog “Being Positively in Denial”)
Many research-proven techniques of Positive Psychology are put into practice when you do Empatharian Peace Arts daily. In addition, the process allows negative emotional responses to be acknowledged, accepted, and worked through.
Some of the benefits you’ll discover doing Empatharian are:
- Getting into the “flow” — that zone where you’re fully engaged and absorbed…where time flies and worries are forgotten. You’ll co-create effective ways for you to cultivate flow, transforming daily tasks and routines into sacred pleasures.
- Identifying and building on your positivity boosting inner strengths and making them even stronger. Eye-opening strategies develop more energetic and better daily functioning. In fact, a recent study showed that people who ID their key strength and use it in a new way each week significantly increase happiness and reduced depression.
- Magnifying the happiness impact of gratitude. Discover the powerful gratitude secrets to help you better deal with adversity and build strong relationships with friends and family. You’ll see how to develop an attitude of gratitude of your past and present plus a spirit of unbridled optimism for your future.
- Enhancing your ability to recognize and celebrate daily simple pleasures as they occur — plus how to shape abundant pleasures in your future! You’ll also discover the #1 roadblock to savoring life’s pleasures and how to best avoid it.
- Changing your automatic reactions to stress with “mindfulness,” a powerful, easy-to-learn technique that can relieve anxiety or depression. Empatharian helps you to embody your knowledge and focus in the present moment to key in happiness and a healthier mind and body.
- Dealing with the paralysis of “too many choices” that can rob you of pleasure. Discover the powerful impact of a stress-relieving “choice diet.”
- Letting go of resentment, envy and grudges — emotions that hurt you more than they hurt people who may have wronged you.
- Developing resilience to handle difficulties more easily and bounce back stronger after dramatic or unpleasant events.
- Avoiding procrastination or beating yourself up when things go wrong with powerful reframing techniques that honor your path through mistakes as well.
- Developing an unshakable attitude of gratitude with specific techniques that help lead to positive emotions, strong relationships and enhanced ability to deal with adversity.
- Increasing your focus and alertness with simple stress-relieving “mindfulness” techniques.
- Cutting the cord of Facebook envy, Twitter rage and other social media hazards with three simple strategies.
- Savoring pleasure and wonder in your life with specific in the moment activities — not multi-tasking!, the enemy of savoring.
- Experiencing happiness by re-discovering a universal trait of a life well-lived, purpose and intention.
- Enjoying happier, more resilient relationships with the help of enhanced communication skills.
The Empatharian Peace Arts Course goes beyond Positive Psychology, beyond talk, to embodying the positivity in physical gestures. This helps the mind, body, and spirit to engage, immerse, and absorb new ways of being, as well as new ways of thinking, for your fastest method of true and authentic well-being.