Positive psychology gives organizations a competitive advantage
In the late ’90s, a psychologist by the name of Martin E. P. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association. As part of his keynote address, Seligman called for “a new science of human strengths” — a reorientation of the way psychology had been focused, a balancing to offset the decades of research into human disorders. Seligman called for a new research stream into “what makes life worth living”. Since that time, numerous researchers have focused on the positive side of the human experience, analyzing and testing aspects such as positive emotions, positive relationships, meaning, positive health and yes, positive workplaces. Here are a few findings from the empirical world of positive psychology that have important implications for where you work.