Martin Seligman, the father of the Positive Psychology movement, has a plan that by the year 2055 55% of the world’s population will be thriving rather than languishing. Up until the development of “Positive Psychology”, Clinical Psychologists had only paid attention to methods of how to fix people who were suffering with mental health issues. Seligman and his colleagues, in contrast, took an active role in studying how humans could pursue happiness and make the most of their lives and that this would have a major impact on their mental health.
This week, consider your strengths and how best you can build on them. Consider how to develop and embrace all that is already positive in your life while at the same time thinking of how to progress. In order to thrive a good starting point is to be gratetful for all that you have and to focus on the activities that make you happy. Flourish with positive psychology!
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
This week pay attention to any energy that you may spend on comparing yourself or competing with others. Rest assured, that this energy is wasted; when we are consumed with how we are performing in relation to our colleagues, friends or family we are in fact slowing down our own ability to do well and achieve whatever it is we wish to achieve. Your precious energy is spent in this negative cycle of comparisons and is literally slowing down your ability to think clearly.
Think of a person that you admire who is successful, not just financially, but emotionally and spiritually. Ask yourself – do they spend their time concerned with what other people think of them? In order to gain and maintain respect it is necessary to keep your focus on your own goals. This does not mean being insensitive to others; instead allow them to focus on their goals and the result is that everyone flourishes.