For many years, the prime focus of psychology was to diagnose and treat people with mental health problems and psychopathological issues. In other words, there was always some negative problem that required fixing.
Around 1998 Dr Martin Seligman popularised Positive Psychology as a branch of clinical psychology that suggested new, positive ways of helping stay mentally well and handle issues.
This approach encourages individuals to work on their inner strengths to promote flourishing and optimal functioning in all parts of their life.
Focusing on the positive can serve as a remedy for problems and as a framework to help make work, study, and personal life more rewarding.
Positive Psychology has exercises that increase positive feelings, positive thoughts, and positive behaviour. According to Sin and Lyubomirsky, all positive psychology interventions have two essential components:
- Focusing on enhancing happiness through positive thoughts and emotions
- Sustaining the effects for long-term wellbeing and resilience
One of these therapy exercises is Kindness Boosters.
Kindness is a trait that happy individuals usually possess. Studies have shown that kindness reinforces happiness and positivity.
Here are some kindness activities you can try:
Helping a stranger in need
Buying a meal for a homeless person
Offering support to a family in need
It is not about how much money you spend. The goal of kindness activities is to promote happiness through altruistic and selfless acts.