Positive Psychology and Meditation
Positive Psychology and Meditation

All of our services are informed by the latest science and research. We predominantly use two approaches – positive psychology and meditation – both of which have a strong research evidence basis.

Positive psychology

Positive psychology is a relatively new field of psychology that can best be understood as the scientific study of human flourishing. It is grounded in the belief that people want to live fulfilling and meaningful lives and is designed to complement traditional psychology which in the past has focused more on healing damage (i.e. focusing on what has gone wrong) rather than educating people on how they can most optimally function from a mental health perspective.

Therefore, the focus of positive psychology is on personal growth and happiness, and the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive (Gable and Haidt, 2005; Sheldon and King, 2001). It is also concerned with positive emotions, positive experiences, and positive environments.

While the field of study is broad, the major aims of positive psychology are to help people:

  • rise to life’s challenges and make most of setbacks and adversity
  • engage and relate to others
  • find fulfilment in creativity and productivity
  • look beyond oneself and help others to find lasting meaning, satisfaction and wisdom (Keyes and Haidt, 2004).

At Happy Ground Wellbeing, we have taken the science behind each of these concepts and aims of positive psychology and created practical exercises that you can apply to your everyday life to think, feel and be happier.

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Meditation

Meditation has been shown to have a significant, positive impact on people who practice regularly. Indeed, studies show that an eight week program of daily meditation can actually change our brains for the better, moving activity from the amygdala, the part of the brain which is responsible for fear, anxiety and the ‘fight or flight’ response (i.e. stress), towards areas that create positive emotions. Subsequently, people who meditate regularly feel calmer, happier, more focused and optimistic.

Our programs offer a range of highly effective meditation styles, such as breathing exercises, body scans and the innovative heart meditation, which allows you to better balance your heart and your mind.

For more about positive psychology and meditation, including some free downloadable meditations, see the ‘Free meditations‘ or ‘Finding Happy Ground‘ pages of this website.

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