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ositive psychology was established as an area of focus within the past several decades. It continues to grow in popularity and sets itself off as an alternative to the traditional focus in psychology on “disorders” and “dysfunction.” Positive psychology is the study of our psychological strengths and how we achieve and maintain psychological well-being. In turn, it studies how our psychological well-being supports our physical health.
Dr. Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a professor and the director of the Positive Psychology Center. Coincidentally, he is leading a free course on resilience that begins today, May 16, 2020.
You can learn more about his research, the center, and the free course at the University of Pennsylvania website:
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and share with us two findings that surprised or particularly intrigued you regarding how positive psychology can improve physical health. Discuss why those findings sparked your curiosity and share your impressions. Back up your ideas by citing information from at least two academic, peer-reviewed sources.
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