Definition[ edit ] Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi define positive psychology as " While not attempting a strict definition of the good life, positive psychologists agree that one must live a happyengaged, and meaningful life in order to experience "the good life". Martin Seligman referred to "the good life" as "using your signature strengths every day to produce authentic happiness and abundant gratification".
One of the contributing factors is that most people link health exclusively to the physical body. While the physical body is important, when we only associate health with our physical body, we fail to recognize other factors that contribute to our overall well-being.
Most ancient cultures pointed to a connection between body, mind, and spirit and recognized that each composed a part of the whole. Now, integrative medicine and health psychology are beginning to recognize that health is influenced not only by the physical body but the spiritual, mental, and emotional bodies, too.
Your health is dependent on all four facets, as opposed to just one of the four.
Building onto this concept, your overall health is also influenced by a trickle-down effect: The physical body is affected by our emotions, our thoughts direct how we feel, and our energy level sways our mind and our thoughts. The Spiritual Body The spiritual body is your connection to energy.
For some, this may be more closely tied to religion than spirituality.
For others, it could have more to do with the atoms in the body or the quantum energy that science refers to. Whichever way you choose to view the source of your energy is perfect. Energy trickles down from the spiritual body, from source, or the universe and first enters into the mental body.
To fully access the spiritual aspect of your being, maintain a daily practice see below that keeps this connection open. If a blockage occurs, energy and information are unable to flow freely from the spiritual body down through the mental, emotional, and physical bodies.
This is why a daily spiritual or religious practice is so important to maintain this open connection. To be in a state of harmony between each of the layers of our being, we need to develop our intuition and spirituality as much as we do our mind and emotions to create a solid physical foundation.
Practices for the Spiritual Body: On a deeper level, it is the domain of your beliefs, desires, values, and goals. Beliefs are opinions and convictions that we hold as being true without having immediate proof.
Values represent what we hold internally as most important in an area of life. Values and beliefs can come from thoughts that were formed very early in childhood. We all have desires to achieve or acquire something in our lives, which is why we set goals and intentions to help us get where we want to go.
Some surface-level thoughts, which may create goals or desires, direct our mental focus from moment to moment. This is how our logical, linear minds learn and operate, and it is one of the aspects of ourselves that is most familiar to us. As energy comes down from the spiritual into the mental body, if you are operating primarily from the mind, there will be a disconnection in the flow.
This exists a lot in our society today—the mind being the predominant force—and this imbalance can keep us stuck in a perpetual state of thinking, strategizing, plotting, and doing, doing, doing. An open spiritual connection enables us to access higher levels of energy, which the mental body can effectively utilize to make balanced, wise choices that unfold more potential for us and everyone else involved.
Practices for the Mental Body:Positive psychology is "the scientific study of what makes life most worth living", or "the scientific study of positive human functioning and flourishing on multiple levels that include the biological, personal, relational, institutional, cultural, and global dimensions of life".
Positive psychology is concerned with eudaimonia, "the good life", reflection about . Published: Historically, gratitude has been viewed variously as a social and civic virtue, a motivator of benevolence and both a cognitive and emotional reminder of the social need to reciprocate (Emmons, McCullough, Tsang, ).
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Positive psychology tells us that people who feel more amused focus more on the positive things in their lives. Inspiration It is a great emotion that can be cultivated in our daily lives, as everything around us is inspiring if we look for it.
The Journal of Positive Psychology, 6(5 (Hypothesis 1). In Study 2, we predicted that engaging in a specific gratitude practice – gratefully reflecting on a past hope that had been fulfilled (compared to a control condition) – would cultivate significantly greater state hope and happiness (Hypothesis 2).
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