Positive psychology and appreciative inquiry

The cornerstone of sustainable change and sustainable health is that it is positive. Positive for the individual, people around and the environment. There are very good ways to bring out the strengths needed in this change. And that is positive psychology, the art of questioning and working with positive and negative emotional attractors.

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The positive backbone of your sustainable change and health consists of three parts. Positive psychology, appreciative inquiry and positive/negative emotional attractors. Of course with strong evidence from the world of science and of course well tested on the masses.

Reason for this to get its own page is that it is such an important tool. An important tool in all changes within exercise, nutrition , breath, sleep and recovery.

Positive psychology and appreciative inquiry is about working with strengths and asking questions in an affirmative way. This way you build the strengths needed to reach your ideal self

Positive psychology

Positive psychology comes from Dr Martin Seligman and was defined during 1990’s. Our role model here is Dr Barbara Fredrickson, one of the person that spread these thoughts.

In general, positive psychology is about finding and living the good life. The good life where the focus lies on happiness, well-being and positivity. A life where you can blossom to your full potential and capacity. Read more on Positive Psychology and the Science of Happiness1.

Appreciative inquiry

The concept Appreciative Inquiry was created on Case Western Reserve. Our role model here is Dr Stephen Fry, one of the profess in and creators of appreciative inquiry.

As you will notice, the art of appreciative inquiry is connected with Positive Psychology, insofar as one seeks the best in people and their relevant world. We work a lot with existing strengths to achieve sustainable change. Something we covered in Encourage good behavior.

Positive and negative emotional attractors

Comes from the researchers at Case Western Reserve, and is about a way to achieve intentional and sustainable changes where you use positive and negative emotions and the relationship between them as tools. It is strongly linked to positive psychology and individuals’ motivation, effort, optimism, flexibility, creative thinking, resilience and other changeable behaviors.

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1Positive Psychology and the Science of Happinesshttps://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/science-of-happiness/