07 Jul Happiness, positive psychology and thriving
For too long, says Zimbardo, psychologists – including himself – have spent most of their time trying to understand how and why things go wrong. This work has produced, among other benefits, effective therapies for mental illnesses. But mental health, like physical health, means more than just eliminating sickness. It means actively thriving.
Can science shed light on what it takes to flourish? Zimbardo thinks it can. “We ask big questions and come up with solid answers based on the best experimental data,” he explained. Below, we offer a few snapshots from talks presented at the congress, featuring positive psychologists quantifying some of the most personal aspects of the human experience – things such as happiness, passion, love, and our perception of time.
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