Positive Psychology and Mindfulness-Based Learning — building your capacity within and strengthening your psychological immune system so you can thrive
According to Abraham Maslow, “The science of psychology has been far more successful on the negative than on the positive side; it has revealed to us much about man’s shortcomings, his illnesses, his sins, but little about his potentialities, his virtues, his achievable aspirations, or his psychological height. It is as if psychology had voluntarily restricted itself to only half its rightful jurisdiction, and that the darker, meaner half.”
Current statistics speak to the need for a different approach by mental health service providers. Depression is 10 times greater today than in 1960, and the average age for depression today is 14.5 as compared to 29.5 in 1960. The use of positive psychology techniques halved the rate of depression in three studies of children and young adults that included nearly 10 years of follow-up, stated Martin Seligman, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, at a seminar sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
Positive psychology has three central concerns: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. Positive psychologists share a desire to determine how to help people live happier, healthier lives. Contrary to earlier schools of thought, positive psychologists believe happiness can be studied and that happiness comes from having and meeting challenges, choosing one’s own goals, and creating meaning in life.
Positive psychology is a shift from the traditional study of disturbing experiences suffered
in life to the study of all that makes life worth living.
What is Cross-Cultural Positive Psychology?
Cross-cultural positive psychology investigates how cultural factors influence positive behavior. We all experience happiness – how this emotion is expressed varies from one culture to the next. This field of psychology looks at universal and unique behaviors to identify the ways culture impacts familial, academic, social, and other aspects of life. At Ivy Child, we focus on all that makes life worth living.
Ivy Child uses cross-cultural positive psychology to build healthy capacity within youth and strengthen their psychological immune system so they can persevere through difficulty regardless of gender, race, or culture. The science behind positive psychology is founded on the idea that happiness comes from having and meeting challenges, choosing one’s own goals, and creating meaning in life. Ivy Child’s programs are uniquely designed to foster healthy habits through a variety of strength-based approaches focused on exercising mindfulness and positive psychology in every aspect of daily life. Rose Pavlov, founder of Ivy Child International, explains the relevant significance of the study of positive psychology in the following article: “There’s a New Mental Health Model in Town Focusing on the Positives”.
What is Mindfulness Based Learning ™ (MBL)?
Mindfulness is the practice of enhancing awareness beginning with ourselves and then our surroundings; using breath as the anchor. Deep breathing exercises and self-reflection allow us to pause and respond constructively to any given circumstance. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.” – Viktor Frankl.
Mindfulness-Based Learning ™ is a form of complementary and primary health education that brings together mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, relaxation, creative yoga and the arts. MBL emphasizes the practical application of mindfulness in coping with stress, adopting sustainable health habits, and enhancing conscious awareness.