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What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is the Scientific study of building what is right with you not just fixing what’s wrong.

Scientists have identified six core virtues to human flourishing and 24 character strengths. You can identify yours by taking the free scientific survey at

Now, take your top five strengths and put them to work – you’ll find that these are the things you are naturally good at and are energized by.   Identifying your strengths and honing them is more than just a good idea…it can grow your brain, and change your life.

I’m a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, and Resiliency Trainer.   Love of Learning and Curiosity are my top two signature strengths.  I’m fascinated with the scientific study of what is right with us because with a background in Radio and TV News I’m very familiar with the negativity bias. My goal is to help you discover that what we need to thrive God planted right inside you.  That’s Authentic Happiness.

Liz Everman

When you wake up ask yourself, “What do I look forward to most today?” At the end of your day, ask yourself, “What was the most enjoyable part of my day and why?”

Science of happiness

For centuries, the field of psychology focused on addressing the negative—investigating what was “wrong” with us, or relieving suffering from depression, trauma, and addictions. But over the last decade, we’ve seen a significant shift: Scientists are now turning their attention to what makes people thrive.

What thoughts, actions, and behaviors make us more productive at work, happier in our relationships, and more fulfilled at the end of the day? That is the focus of the field of positive psychology, often referred to as the science of happiness. Its goal? To investigate what makes us flourish, according to Dr. Martin Seligman, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the field. Positive psychology doesn’t turn a blind eye to suffering or psychological illness, but it does encourage individuals and even communities to adopt practices that can boost optimism, increase resilience, and live happy, engaged lives.


We Can’t Change Our Genes, But We Can Change Ourselves

So, can we really train ourselves to become happier? The science says yes. Our happiness level is a result of a complex interaction of genes, behaviors, and what’s going on in our lives at a specific moment in time. And while each of us has a genetic set point for happiness in the way we do for weight, we have the ability to offset it, which brings us to the most important takeaway from the scientific research: You have the power to take control of your happiness by choosing your thoughts, behaviors, and actions. Recent research into the types of interventions, or exercises, designed to promote positive emotional qualities, such as kindness and mindfulness, suggests that such qualities may be the product of skills we can learn through training—in the way that practice improves our musical or athletic abilities. Over time, we can build lasting habits that increase our resilience and improve our happiness levels.

Each night, you could write down one thing you enjoyed about your day on a slip of paper, and drop it in a jar. A year from now, empty the jar and re-read the slips.  This method is great because of its double-pronged benefit: not only do you get to dwell on your enjoyment every day, but you can relive it all at once and your brain is wired to think it’s all happening right then!!!