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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is an umbrella term that refers to the conditions and processes that strengthen happiness, wellbeing and thriving life engagement (e.g., to thrive, flourish). The approach brings a focus to wellbeing and resilience for “all” children, young people and adults, in contrast to traditional psychological or medical approaches that focus on individual’s at high risk (or currently expressing)¬†psychological or medical problems.

The positive psychology movement was founded by Professor Martin Seligman. 1

The Life Buoyancy Model is informed and underpinned by positive psychology principles, processes and strategies. For example it brings a focus to:

  • Positive affective states (feeling buoyant).
  • Behavioural and developmental “growth” (as opposed to behaviour management).
  • Wellbeing and happiness.
  • Resilience (or bouncing back, or being buoyant) for “all” children, young people and adults.
  • Identifying and cultivating strengths.
  • Activating deeper intrinsic values as a foundation for wellbeing and personal fulfilment.


  1. Seligman, M. E. (2011). Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. New York: Simon & Schuster.