POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY 3
PositivePsychology and Spirituality
Positivepsychology is one of the most recent branches of psychology summed in1998. Its main focus is to make normal live more fulfilling byapplying interventions necessary for building thriving communities,families, and individuals. This deviates from the normal psychologywhose main emphasis was treating mental illness. Positive psychologyhas received a warm reception in the realm of life coaching andcounseling (Compton & Hoffman, 2013). This psychology, whose maingoal is happiness, is greatly interconnected with spirituality.
Spiritualityemanates from religion, which is the belief in the existence of asupernatural power. It refers to relating with the spirit as opposedto physical things. There is a greater connection between well beinghappiness and positive psychology. Spiritual human beings tend to behappier than other normal people. The belief in the God comforts andconsoles the believers in troubled times thus, positive outcomes.While non believers feel sad in times of trouble, believers findconsolation from God by believing that He has a good future for them.Further, spirituality nurtures living morals that shapes one’scharacter and teaches compassion, love, selflessness, transcendence,and awe, all of which benefits those holding the beliefs and theentire community at large. When religious people meet together toworship, sing and attend colorful functions, they tend to becomehappier. This is because such activities trigger positive emotions(Strawn, 2012).
Accordingto Strawn (2012), the bible teaches people to eat things that arehealthy to the body while ignoring those that destroys the body. Thismeans that people should avoid taking things that harm the body.Obliviously, health promotes happiness, the ultimate goal of positivepsychology. Most spiritual people try their best to avoid things thatharm their bodies such as smoking and taking harmful drugs. As such,it can be deduced that spirituality is highly related to positivepsychology.
Compton,W. C., & Hoffman, E. (2013). Positivepsychology: The science of happiness and flourishing.Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Strawn,B. A. (2012). TheBible and the pursuit of happiness: What the Old and New Testamentsteach us about the good life.New York: Oxford University Press.