About The Positive Psychology People 



The idea of a creating a website to provide free information about positive psychology was an idea first suggested by Lesley Lyle on the final weekend of the first ever MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) course at Bucks New University, High Wycombe. 

The concept was to create a place for future MAPP students to access information and offer them the opportunity to write about their experience of positive psychology, as they applied putting the theory into practice. Additionally, it was also agreed that the website should be available to people around the world  to learn about positive psychology (particularly those who were unlikely to have access this information) and from there the idea grew. The website was launched on International Happiness Day, March 20th 2015.

To date (2018) more than 70,000 people from more than 28 different countries have subscribed to read the wonderful articles written by positive psychology students and practitioners as they share their ideas, experience and research into the science that explores subjects such as happiness, success, goal setting, resilience, optimism, gratitude, flourishing and many more. Most importantly, this allows us to see the different ways that positive psychology is being applied in the settings of communities, organisations, relationships, and the workplace. 

Anyone is welcome to become one of The Positive Psychology People and to share or take away some of the wisdom that shows us all how we can live a better life. 



The Hummingbird Logo

The hummingbird was selected as a logo for Positive Psychology People for the following reasons.

Hummingbirds are the smallest bird sin the world (some are so small they can be caught by dragonflies, frogs and trapped in spider’s webs) but they display many of the desirable characteristics and behaviours described in positive psychology.

They are resilient and capable of feats of flying that cannot be matched by any other creature or man-made machine. For instance they can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, hover in mid air and even fly upside down.

They are powerful, a humming bird’s wings beat up to 80 times per second allowing it to fly at speeds of 20 -30 mph. 

They had great endurance and during migration some hummingbirds fly non-stop for over 500 miles.

They visit hundreds of flowers a day to gather nectar, an image that resonated well with the concept of flourishing and the good life. 

They are beautiful but also intelligent, and have the largest brains of all birds.

They are resourceful, if food becomes scarce they are can enter into a hibernation-like state called torpor that reduces their normal metabolic rate.

These are just some of the reasons we believe this bird is a worthy representative for The Positive Psychology People.

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