Positive psychology is a rapidly growing scientific and professional movement that demonstrates what individuals, organizations and communities need to flourish.
Where traditional psychology focused on fixing what was wrong, positive psychology offers a paradigm shift to “what’s right.” The field aims to create more wellbeing, happiness and life satisfaction which research shows to be predictive of life and organizational success. While philosophers have long investigated the nature of happiness, it was not until 1998 that scientists coalesced to explore well-being through systematic and multi-faceted research using the scientific method.
The CAPP program combines cutting-edge research in positive psychology with related disciplines like cognitive neuroscience, mindfulness, contemplative studies, and mind-body medicine with practical application tools for personal and professional contexts.
If you choose to study positive psychology with us, you will be able to:
- Understand how people tick: Whether you’re a therapist, coach, teacher, manager, consultant or any field where you interact with human beings, the CAPP program teaches you about human nature and behavior and how the brain and body are wired.
- Teach others: You’ll understand your thoughts, feelings and actions better and you’ll be better able to navigate your interactions with others–and teach others to do the same.
- Reference scientific studies: Whether you’re inviting a client to try an exercise out, supporting someone in setting goals, or simply trying to improve your life, everything you do is an exchange of your time and energy. The benefit of positive psychology is that it gives you research based tools that you know have been scientifically validated and we have aggregated that research with many applied tools ready for you to use yourself and with others.
- Know the mechanisms of why and how certain strategies work: Want to know what increases people’s happiness level? That part’s easy: gratitude, positive relationships, savoring — among other things. But how about the “why” and “how” these strategies work:
- Research shows that when people are grateful it shifts their mind into believing that good things are happening to them, and thus they are more likely to notice more positive things and are motivated to want to do good things for others.
- Loneliness is one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease. When we cultivate authentically positive relationships, perform a kind deed, and practice forgiving, we feel more connected and that we belong.
- When you savor, your adding to your positivity bank. We call it psychological capital. Your mental energy has a reserve that you can add to or draw from. There are 5 savoring practices.
Have we piqued your curiosity? Then, perhaps you’ll consider joining the ranks with these other graduates of our program: Click Here to register and begin your journey!