It’s Never Too Late or Too Early For Positive Change.
The very first time I heard the word ‘Positive psychology’ I was hooked. I had absolutely no idea what it was but I knew I wanted to. On reflection, that was a life-changing moment for me and like most profound moments in our lives, I had no idea.
So here I am several years later, a proud graduate of a MSc in Applied Positive Psychology on the first cohort at Bucks New University. I am grateful, appreciative and resilient and many other things, after what I consider to have been a 2-year exploration of self-development. I am happy (although I should probably use the term, flourishing) and this is now part of my identity. I don’t skip through life without facing challenges, never feeling sad, always cheery, but I feel equipped to cope with life and my ‘set point’ of happiness has increased substantially.
I am passionate about the subject, not so much the theory, which although interesting, is largely meaningless until it is put into practice. I have many role models and many of them have never heard of positive psychology, they are the people who have found their own way to cope well in life and naturally learned the habits of happiness that others, like myself, have had to learn.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the people I’ve met who are involved in the world of positive psychology have been generous, friendly and amazingly humble, including those who have reached ‘superstar’ levels of fame within the discipline.
Finding your own part
Dr Piers Worth, Director and founder of the MAPP programme at Bucks New University, told his students on the first day of the course, “you will all find your own part of positive psychology” and he was right. For me that is a love of positive emotions that I enjoy facilitating in my free community laughter sessions. Positive ageing is something that I practice each day and at a period in my life when I could consider that everything would be downhill from now onwards, I look forward to the passing years with excitement and anticipation. Age is just a number and an attitude and I thank positive psychology for helping me to enjoy the present moment each and every day.
So, what does positive psychology mean to me? It means a different way of life, an altered perspective and a different attitude. It means I have learned how to be more optimistic and more resilient and I believe my life will be better whatever happens. I have become one of the positive psychology people.
Lesley Lyle lesleylyle.com
‘We Are The Positive Psychology People’