Positive psychology can be defined as “The science and practice of improving wellbeing” (Lomas, Hefferon & Ivtzan, 2014). The discipline spans a vast array of topics including, but not limited to: flourishing, meaning, strengths and positive relationships. Importantly, positive psychology does not just focus on happiness and positivity, recognising the inevitability of difficult and challenging circumstances across the lifespan and their role in human development.
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