Interventions - People often find it difficult to understand precisely what it means to build wellbeing.
The body of knowledge that is Positive Psychology has produced research which proves that some activities do improve mental health.
Developing out of this research are interventions, exercises and skills which can be passed on from teachers and trainers to the general population.
This body of knowledge also includes and refers to the knowledge within psychology itself and other academic disciplines such as organisational development, leadership and health sciences. In the past, much of the well established psychological knowledge became available to people only when their mental health was in decline.
Positive Psychology seeks to build the mental health assets of ordinary people to "prevent" mental illness and build wellbeing.
Here is a sample of some of the key activities based on research and commonly used in positive psychology interventions:
- Test peoples strengths and encourage people to lead from their strengths
- Learn how to build positive emotion
- Build optimism
- Learn about how to build GRIT
- Fixed and growth mindsets
- Develop the habit of gratitude
- Learn how to build internal and external resilience resources
- Mindfulness training
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy skills
- Understand the importance of physical activity, good sleep and nutrition
- Build self-awareness
- Build emotional self-regulation