Have you ever heard of positive psychology? I learned about it in class tonight. It’s a branch of psychology that studies the specific strengths individuals and communities need in order to thrive and live satisfied lives. It’s not necessarily the study of happiness. Instead, it focuses on how to lead a meaningful and more fulfilling life. It’s an interesting concept and although it’s a relatively new field, there are plenty of books and articles out there that discuss its research.
As I was listening in class, I couldn’t help thinking about how there are so many books and so many articles and so many surveys which have been created to help individuals learn to live a more meaningful life.
We also watched a short video which detailed a few of the things humans need to do in order to be satisfied with our lives. The list included being grateful, exercising, meditating and participating in random acts of kindness.
While the field may bring some positive contributions to the field of psychology, and I appreciate its “glass half full” approach, there is still only one book I need to teach me how to live a more rich and meaningful life. The Bible, written a very long time ago, has already given us the secret to thriving.
Need reminders on how to be grateful? Try 1 Thessalonians 5:18. This verse reminds us to be grateful for everything we have in our lives.
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Need to be motivated to exercise and eat right? 1 Corinthians 6 keeps us in line by reminding us that our body is our temple and should be treated as so.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Jesus also spent time mediating and spoke with this disciples about closing the door and praying to God in quietness.
Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Finally, there are just too many verses to count about being kind to others. The Book of John sums it up pretty nicely though:
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
So yes, I believe in being positive and I believe in many of the components of Positive Psychology. I just don’t have to open up a text book or an article to learn how to follow the field’s principals.
Jesus already told me about them.
He told us about them a long time ago.