One of the things that really grabbed my intention when I first learned about positive psychology was that there were so many interventions from the research that people could practically and effectively use in their lives. Positive psychology wasn’t simply something thought up by a ‘guru’, whose claims we should blindly accept, it is based on empirical research that is peer-reviewed before publication. As someone with a background in Mathematics, the fact that there was a science to the research was exceedingly compelling for me.
A positive psychology exploration of self
Furthermore, when I began the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree course at Bucks New University a huge appeal to me was the high importance of applying tenets of positive psychology throughout the course and exploring the journey and outcomes of what I had applied. Upon graduation, it felt like a two-year investigation into the aspects of positive psychology that allowed me to perform at my best and to live a life worth living.
I am very fortunate to be one of a small number of people worldwide to have completed the MAPP and to learn in greater depth the powerful impact of evidence-based positive psychology interventions. As my business partner and co-founder of Positive Psychology Learning, Lesley Lyle, says, the MAPP is a fantastic opportunity to learn and understand positive psychology from the inside out.
Positive Psychology Toolkit
Not everyone wishes to pursue a MAPP, but would still like to learn the evidence-based skills from the field of positive psychology. Luckily there is a solution to this problem called the Positive Psychology Toolkit, which was put together by the people at Positive Psychology Program. The Positive Psychology Toolkit contains over 190 positive psychology tools, including interventions, exercises, assessments, scales, activities and questionnaires. It was designed for helping professionals, e.g. psychologists, therapists, coaches, teachers, HR managers etc., however, in practical terms the Toolkit can be used by anyone.
The Positive Psychology Toolkit focuses on many of the key topics of positive psychology, such as resilience, gratitude, mindfulness, happiness, compassion, strengths, values, goal-setting, motivation and growth-mindset. This allows you to explore many different areas of positive psychology and discover the topic you are most passionate about. In my case, strengths has long been my area of interest, research and practice.
Co-creator of the Positive Psychology Toolkit, Hugo Alberts, had this to say about what excites him about the toolkit:
- The Positive Psychology Toolkit is the world’s largest science-based database with practical Positive Psychology Tools
- In collaboration with professionals around the globe, the toolkit is updated on a monthly basis
- Get access to the community, where you can ask questions and share experiences with like-minded professionals
I have said in the past that positive psychology tools can sometimes seem like common sense or are very straight forward to apply and the Toolkit brings together the science behind evidence-based skills and how to effectively apply them in different areas of your life. What I find especially useful, is that it is written in a way that a person who is new to the science of positive psychology will be just as able to understand and apply the tools as easily as an expert in the field. Another advantage of the Toolkit is that people get to learn about the research undertaken for a given topic and then have exercises to carry out for personal use or as part of your line of work, so as to reinforce their understanding of the topic.
From a personal perspective, I have used the Positive Psychology Toolkit to refresh my memory on some of the topics that I have learned over the years, as well as to try out some of the new evidence-based tools that have emerged in the field. This is another advantage of the Toolkit and that it is updated on a monthly basis, so you are able to keep your skills updated and to learn about the latest research in positive psychology.