By Sandeep Kulshrestha
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the factors which make life worth living, be it a normal life or the life of people receiving healthcare or people who are into any kind of therapy. Positive Psychologists study the characteristics, conditions and processes which lead to flourishing of people. Positive Psychology has its roots in humanistic psychology. Humanistic Psychology typically held that people are inherently good. It adopted a holistic approach to human existence and paid special attention to such phenomena as creativity, free will, and human potential. It encouraged viewing ourselves as a "whole person" greater than the sum of our parts and encourages self exploration rather than the study of behavior in other people.
However, Positive Psychology has drifted away from the humanistic approach and instead focuses on discovering empirical evidence for thriving and flourishing. It is not merely focused on evidence but on applications which can help people thrive and be happy. In fact, Positive Psychology is being referred to as,”Science of happiness”