From Surviving to Thriving
This book chapter was originally published as:
Morton, D. (2013). From surviving to thriving. In N.Brown (Ed.), Learn more (pp. 241-251). Warburton, Vic.: Signs Publishing Company.
In 1997, Dr Martin Seligman was voted as president of the American Psychological Association and he decided to invest his energies and influence into a new field of psychology. Dr Seligman noted that psychology had concerned itself traditionally only with the negative-devoting all its attention to remedying
dysfunctional psychological states-so he decided to investigate and promote what he referred to as positive psychology. Positive psychology does not refer to the idea of "thinking yourself happy" or wishful thinking, rather the intent of positive psychology is to scientifically understand and promote thriving
individuals, families and communities in order to make "normal" lives more fulfilling. A key concept in the field is that true happiness has a number of important contributing factors. Just as in whole-person health, these factors can be valuable on their own, but it's when all factors come together like a jigsaw
puzzle that the biggest impact on wellbeing is felt.
Morton, Darren, "From Surviving to Thriving" (2013). Education Book Chapters. 26.