Updated: Sep 1, 2021
Let's dive into the academic stories of the science of positive psychology. I enjoy scientific knowledge more when I know the stories and people behind it. So today, I want to introduce you to my 2 heroes...
Meet my positive psychology heroes! 2 amazing women that made positive psychology magical to me: Barbara Fredrickson and Sonja Lyubomirsky.
1- Barbara Fredrickson: She discovered the benefits of positive emotions. Imagine if we didn’t know such valuable benefits, why bother at all to create and increase positive emotions? According to her very well-researched theory, positive emotions broaden and build. Thanks to Barbara Fredrickson, we know that positive emotions broaden and build. They broaden the way we think and see things. You see more options, your perspective broadens both physically and mentally when you experience more positive emotions. Even more, once you have a more positive perspective you’ll start to see more of it. It is like the little drop of water create ripples on the water. (Fredrickson, 2001)
2- Sonja Lyubomirsky: She discovered that happiness can actually be increased with intentional activities. We can work on the happiness activities (personalized, of course) and create a positive impact on our happiness level. Imagine not knowing that! We now have another motivation to work on ourselves to increase our happiness level cause we know it’s possible, thanks to Sonja Lyubomirsky. (Lyubomirsky, 2005)
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Martin Seligman are known as the parents of positive psychology. And yes, they have a great impact on building the field.
But to me, these 2 women; Barbara Fredrickson and Sonja Lyubomirsky, are the ones who provide great value to the positive psychology field.
Positive emotions are hugely beneficial.
Happiness levels can be increased.
This was just for a simple quick reading for you. In the future, I will be talking more about these ladies and their theories. Hope you enjoyed it!