This unit will introduce students to the principles and applications of positive psychology. Students will learn of the development of positive psychology and the theoretical frameworks that underpin the field. Included will be a comparison between problem-focused and strengths-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing. The various forms of wellbeing relating to hedonic and eudaimonic happiness will be examined.
In addition, some of the key factors associated with wellbeing will be discussed including positive emotions, engagement, meaning, spirituality and optimism. Finally, specific interventions relevant to positive psychology will be examined along with their scope and effectiveness.
Topics will include:
- introduction to positive psychology;
- psychology flow;
- spirituality and wellbeing;
- positive emotions;
- emotional intelligence;
- optimism and hope;
- positive psychology theories and interventions;
- prevention and enhancement;
- positive relationships;
- creativity; and
- future of positive psychology.