PP is a subdiscipline of psychology which studies the factors that help individuals, communities and organizations to thrive. That's why it is also often referred to as the "science of happiness" although, in reality, its research area is much broader than that.
PP developed in the late 1990s because some psychologists where dissatisfied with “mainstream” psychology’s focus on psychological illness and malfunction. In simple terms, traditional psychology was really good at getting people from -10 (in terms of psychological wellbeing) to -3 or even 0, but knew little about how to get people from 0 to +4 or even +10. That’s why PP tries to fill this research gap by studying topics such as wellbeing, positive emotions, resilience, positive relationships, character strengths and extraordinary performance in school, sports or at work.
PP research can tell us which exercises, practices and behaviors tend to promote wellbeing and happiness, but without YOUR ACTION these findings are useless. That’s why PPIA aims to spread knowledge about the findings of PP research and share some of the most practical and evidence-based exercises it has brought forward.