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  • Writer's pictureJustin Tilghman, Ph.D.

Positive Psychology: Harnessing the Power of Happiness

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

Have you ever wondered why some people radiate positivity and happiness while others struggle to find joy and contentment in their daily lives? The answer may lie in positive psychology, which is the scientific study of human flourishing and the factors that contribute to a fulfilling and meaningful life.




Positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of life, such as happiness, gratitude, hope, and resilience, and how these factors can be cultivated and strengthened. Positive psychology aims to help individuals cultivate their strengths and develop habits that promote well-being and happiness.

Here are some of the key principles of positive psychology and how they can be applied in your daily life:


Gratitude: Gratitude is the practice of focusing on the things in your life that you're thankful for and expressing appreciation for them. Research has shown that cultivating gratitude can lead to greater happiness, improved relationships, and a sense of well-being. To incorporate gratitude into your daily life, try keeping a gratitude journal where you write down three things you're grateful for each day.


Mindfulness: Mindfulness is being present and fully engaged in the moment. Research has shown that mindfulness can lead to increased happiness, reduced stress, and improved physical health. To incorporate mindfulness into your daily life, try setting aside time each day to meditate, practice yoga, or be present in the moment.


Positive emotions: Positive emotions, such as joy, happiness, and excitement, have been shown to have a positive impact on our overall well-being. To cultivate positive emotions in your daily life, try engaging in activities that bring you joy and excitement, such as hobbies, exercise, or spending time with loved ones.


Resilience: Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks and challenges and is essential to a fulfilling life. Research has shown that resilience can be developed and strengthened through mindfulness, positive thinking, and gratitude.


Positive relationships: Positive relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners are key to a happy and fulfilling life. Research has shown that strong social connections can improve mental and physical health and increase overall happiness. To cultivate positive relationships, try spending quality time with loved ones, expressing appreciation and gratitude, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.


The principles of positive psychology can help you cultivate greater happiness, well-being, and fulfillment in your daily life. By focusing on the things that bring joy and positivity and developing habits that promote well-being, you can become more resilient and contented.


Consider working with me today and exploring the benefits of positive psychology in your life!

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Justin is a Board Certified Advanced Life Coach with the Board of Christian Life Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in coaching, the ICCA and ICF Core Competencies, the Code of Ethics, and the ICF definition of coaching.

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Justin is a Board Certified Master Mental Health Coach with the Board of Mental Health Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in providing ethical and competent mental health coaching.

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