What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is a theory that was introduced by the Psychologist Martin Seligman in 2002 as a way of measuring, analyzing, and increasing happiness. Over a series of many studies, his team found that happiness could be broken down into three categories:

1)Positive Emotion
2)Engagement
3)Meaning

At that time (when I first became very interested in this topic) the Positive Psychology movement was about analyzing and increasing life satisfaction. Today, he has continued his research and moved towards what he is now calling Well-Being Theory which has expanded on his original theories, now positing that instead of life satisfaction being the overall goal, it is merely an important factor included in the positive emotion category of well-being. Seligman stated that well-being has five elements:

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