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Positive Psychology

PERMA de psicología positiva

Positive Psychology has nothing to do with the idea of seeing the world through "pink glasses" or putting the only goal in life to be completely happy. Positive Psychology is a scientific discipline that focuses on identifying and enhancing the positive aspects of human experience and considers that we do not pay enough attention to our strengths. We can easily say what we do wrong or call our defects. But could we say or do we usually say in life what works for us or what our strengths are?

During his research in the field of psychology, Martin Seligman noted that the predominant approaches focused on treating mental problems and diseases, but little attention was paid to human flourishing and the pursuit of virtues and happiness. This led him to question traditional psychology and propose a more positive approach. However, Positive Psychology does not take away the importance of traumas, past experiences or negative beliefs, which are the central focus of other currents.


Seligman’s Principles of Positive Psychology:

  1. Focus on Strengths: Seligman proposed shifting the focus of psychology towards the study and cultivation of human strengths. Instead of focusing solely on weaknesses and mental illness, Seligman advocated identifying and enhancing the skills and virtues that allow us to thrive and achieve emotional well-being.

  2. The Theory of Well-being: Seligman developed a theory of well-being consisting of five key elements: positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and accomplishment. These components are considered fundamental to experiencing a full and meaningful life.

  3. Pursue Lasting Happiness: Seligman argues that sustainable happiness does not come simply from the pursuit of immediate pleasure, but from the construction of a life with meaning and purpose.

  4. Learned Optimism: Seligman is also known for his research on learned optimism, which explores how people can develop an optimistic mindset in the face of life’s adversities and challenges.

  5. Flow: Flow refers to a state of total immersion in an activity that is challenging and meaningful to the person. During these moments, we experience a feeling of happiness and fulfillment.

  6. Resilience: Positive Psychology explores how people can develop the capacity to overcome adversities and recover from difficult situations, growing in the process.

  7. Gratitude: Practicing gratitude regularly can improve our mood and foster a more positive outlook on life.

  8. Social Connections: Healthy and meaningful social relationships are fundamental to our emotional well-being. Positive Psychology highlights the importance of cultivating meaningful connections with others.

Benefits of Positive Psychology

  • Improvement of general well-being and satisfaction with life.

  • Reduction of stress and anxiety.

  • Greater resilience to adversity.

  • Increased optimism and hope for the future.

  • Fostering positive and satisfying interpersonal relationships.

Would you be able to answer?:

  • What are you good at?

  • Do you know your strengths?

  • Are you satisfied with a "good enough" option or are you looking for the best option?

  • Do you compare what you have with others or are you just satisfied with what you have?

  • Do difficulties make you grow or sink you?


Slow down and savor:

  • Despite doing many things every day, do you feel stressed, underaccomplished, and tired?

  • Could you just slow down and savor experiences?

  • Despite speeding up everything, we are not any happier or healthier.


One of the objectives of Positive Psychology is to find a point of balance in everything. Both excess and lack of something are considered negative. You can read more about this on this Blog page.

Positive Psychology has had a profound impact on how we understand and approach our emotional and mental well-being. By focusing on our strengths and what is right in our lives, we can improve our quality of life and develop a more positive outlook.

In our quest for a meaningful and fulfilling life, the wisdom and teachings of Martin Seligman remind us that a positive approach and the cultivation of our strengths are fundamental to achieving a happy and fulfilling life. If you wish to know yourself better, I accompany you on your way to well-being and fullness.

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