Turkish Positive Psychology Association 

Why do we need positive psychology?

Positive psychology, as the scientific study of human flourishing, advances our understanding of strengths and virtues that foster self-growth and enable individuals to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. Given the inherent capacity of humans for growth, the application of such knowledge holds a great promise for enhancing the quality of life of individuals as it helps them cultivate what is best in themselves.

Presented below is a list of scholarly articles that gives a good introductory overview of the latest theories and initiatives in positive psychology, highlighting the significance of positive emotions for enhancing human well-being.

  • Positive emotions engenders success in multiple life domains: Those who experience a preponderance of positive emotions not only have more fulfilling marriages and relationships, but also are healthier, living longer, and more successful (i.e. have higher income, and superior work performance), and this causal relation is bidirectional. [Lyubomirsky, S., King, L. A., & Diener, E. (2005). Psychological Bulletin, 131, 803-855.]
  • Positive emotions (e.g., joy, interest, and contentment) broaden the scope of attention and thought-action repertoires, which in return can build individuals’ enduring personal resources. [Fredrickson & Branigan (2005). Cognition and Emotion, 19, 313-332.] 
  • Cultivated positive emotions broaden individuals' habitual modes of thinking and increase their personal resources for coping and resilience. [Fredrickson, B. L. (2000). Target article in Prevention and Treatment, 3.] 
  • Positive emotions buffer individuals from stress. [Folkman S, & Moskowitz J.T. (2004). Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 745-774.] 
  • Positive emotions facilitate creative problem solving. [Isen, A. M., Daubman, K. A., & Nowicki, G. P. (1987). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 1122-1131.]
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