10 Positive Psychology concepts that’ll give you a different perspective on life


Kritika Joshi, Freelance Contributor

Stay positive, all other choices are pointless punishments to your psyche”  – Joe Peterson

The “positive psychology” field has been around for decades, but only in the recent years, thanks to some notable researches have we been able to recognize its profound impact on society. Fortunately, many of these studies point to specific ways of thinking and acting that can strongly impact our sense of happiness and peace of mind.

So here are 10 Positive Psychology concepts that’ll give you a different perspective on life.



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It is the degree to which you feel competent to meet the demands of your situation. It is the sense that we have an influence on the events in our lives. We can say it is the sense that we are capable of acting on our own behalf. In simple terms, environmental mastery is the ability to create environment suitable to satisfy one’s own psychological needs.



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The ability to flourish is defined as the ability for a person to grow as a human being through good times and through life struggles. Flourishing is the product of pursuit and engagement of an authentic life that brings inner joy and happiness. It is a state where people experience positive emotions, positive psychological functioning and positive social functioning most of the time.




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Coined by the famous positive psychologist Seligman, It is a mechanism where people systematically remove depressive thoughts by concentrating on the positive. Optimists have a belief that they have control over situations and because of this, the opportunity to influence the result they are highly motivated to achieve. It can be summed up as a pattern of persisting in the face of difficulty.


  1. FLOW


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The idea of flow is that “a person can make himself happy, or miserable, regardless of what is actually happening ‘outside’, just by changing the contents of consciousness. Happiness is about changing the contents of our consciousness and the way to do this is by putting ourselves in the state of optimal experience called flow. Flow is that state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter.




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The concept of unconditional positive regard requires a person to suspend any form of personal judgement and accepts other human beings, regardless of the content of any disclosure they may have made or any behavior they may have displayed. It can help create better relationships with your spouse, friends, relatives and even strangers.



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Congruence is when the inner beliefs and concepts of a person match his experience of the external world. According to Carl Rogers, personality is like a triangle made up of ideal self, real self and perceived self. When there is a good fit between these three the person has congruence.



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Conditions of Worth are the conditions we think we must meet in order for other people to accept us as worthy of their love or positive regard. Children raised in an environment of unconditional positive regard have the opportunity to fully actualize themselves. Those raised in an environment of conditional positive regard feel worthy only if they match conditions that have been laid down for them by others



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Eudaimonic well being refers to effectiveness of an individual’s psychological functioning that helps them to realize their true potential. True happiness is found in expression of goodness. Eudaimonic  view of well being conceptualizes well being in terms of cultivation of personal strengths or acting in accordance with one’s inner nature and deeply held values.




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It refers to the goals individuals implicitly pursue while attaining performance outcomes. It can be differentiated into two types – mastery and performance goals. Mastery goals involve learning and developing mastery as one approaches tasks. Performance goals involve approaching tasks with a focus on performance relative to others.




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It means ‘going beyond’ a prior state. It involves connection to something or someone larger than oneself, a theme that unites the character associated with it. In positive psychology, the virtue of transcendence is associated with the strengths of meaning that connects you with the larger world and helps you make sense of it.













10 ways in which your dog is more than just your dog

by Pallavi Kandhari , freelance contributor  


Dogs are pretty awesome! In case you did not already know; here are ten reasons why. 

  1. Dog at home = More physical activity = Less stress!!


  • Many studies show the importance of physical activity in decreasing stress. So just get your dog out and go out for a stroll and kick your stressful days goodbye!


  1. No loneliness = No stress = Fur Friend!!


  • Nobody to listen to your cribbing at 3am? Your dog will always be there no matter what time it is, having your furry friend by you will never let you be lonely and consequently you wont stress over the temporary lack of companionship in your life



  1. Laughter is the best therapy!!


  • The chances are he’ll be a a part of most of your day’s embarrassing moments, leading to a hilarious relationship between you and your pet.


  1. PAWSING for study breaks is no more regrettable!!


  • Exams going on? Need a stress-free moment? Go ahead and take your buddy for a walk and his happiness would create the perfect stress-free break in between those long exhausting study hours.


  1. The only love that is unconditional.


  • The amount of love you get from your dog is unconditional no matter what the world thinks about you. You can never feel “not-loved” if you have your dog with you! And when you realize you deserve to be loved, you will attract love from more channels.


  1. You always have something to look forward to when you come home!!


  • Bad day at work? Boss made your day difficult? Had a fight? Come home and see your cute friend wagging his tail and removing all your STRESS!!!!


  1. Also regulates your STRESS-HORMONES!!!


  • Petting/playing with your dog can decrease Cortisol (stress producing hormone) and increase levels of Oxytocin (stress reducing hormone). PLAY ALL DAY LONG!!!!


  1. They can be the best healers!!!


  • Having a bad headache? Not feeling well? Cuddle up with your furry friend and see all the anxiety go, leading to a decrease in pain. NO PAIN=NO STRESS.


  1. Your buddy will make you popular among your peers and the not-so-easy-to-please neighbors.


  • Anxious around peers and neighbors when alone with them? Take your buddy and see the amount of attention you will attract… Your social circle will increase, you will get freedom from the fear of your anxiety levels rising when your furry friend is around.


  1. Cuddling with your fur-ball before sleeping!!


  • What can be better than having a de-stressor right beside you after the hectic day. So just cuddle up and have a STRESS-FREE sleep.


So you still don’t want to adopt me???