What is Positive Psychology Coaching?

by | May 24, 2023 | Positivity, Resilience


It’s an amazing way to increase your happiness and resilience, to feel better and more hopeful.  It’s a way to find your meaning and values and have the confidence to go after what you want.  

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of thriving and what makes life worth living.  

Instead of studying unhappiness, failure and sickness, Psychologist Martin Seligman wanted to investigate well-being, accomplishment and strength.  This new approach to wellbeing includes positive emotions, intense engagement, good relationships, meaning and accomplishment. 

This science and the coaching tools I have learned have helped me stand up again after an incredibly challenging time.  I had tried so many different things – therapists, energy work, you name it, I have most probably done it – and yet I still needed something more to change the negative way that I was viewing my future and help me to get out of the black hole I was in.  I started the coaching course in the hope that maybe this approach might help me feel just a little better.

Instead, the results were more than I could have imagined and I am now facing my life as a single-mum with a very different mindset.

What is it about Positive Psychology coaching that works so well?

  • It concentrates on strengths, not weaknesses
  • It helps foster optimism and a positive mindset
  • It helps you build meaningful relationships and improve communication.

I now feel more confident, more resilient, and more optimistic. I have new focus and an upgraded outlook on my life.   

Learning that happiness can be cultivated – and that only 10% of our happiness is due to circumstances, whilst around 40% of our happiness is in our hands – helped me move from feeling hopeless to hopeful.  I learned that by being intentional and consistent with small actions you can feel completely different and feel happy, even if you don’t consider yourself to be a naturally positive person.  I realized that it was possible and that it was up to me.  And I wanted this change for myself and my children. 

What does this all mean?

Life will continue to throw curveballs and there will always be challenges.  Obviously, we can’t prevent bad things from happening, but having these tools and resources means you can deal with everything better, you can recognise that you’re struggling and you can take empowered action to help you feel better, faster.