The urging for positive thinking is, in a few words, the heart of the school of positive psychology and it has spread among people as an advice and as a tool of emotional strengthening during hard times. In this process of spreading, it is often enriched with other theories and it acquires the identity of cosmic and spiritual aid. All of the above are correct but, in reality, when it is offered just as a motto for encouragement, it doesn’t help much. Deeper understanding and training are needed in order for positive thinking to be a truly effective tool leading to self-awareness and a better life.
A few historical facts:
Positive psychology was founded in 1998 by Martin Seligman, president at the time of the American Psychological Association (A.P.A). It is the scientific study and implementation of the positive emotions and characteristics of the personality, of what makes life worth living, aiming at promoting functionality and well-being.
Positive psychology shifts focus on the positive subjective experience, on the positive characteristics of the individual, in order to improve the quality of life and prevent pathological conditions that derive from a stagnant and meaningless life.
After thorough research in 2004 Park, Peterson and Seligman published the ranking of the positive personality traits which contribute to well-being. They presented six board categories of moral excellence including wisdom, courage, love, abstinence, spirituality-transcendentalism.
Creativity is an integral part of wisdom
Wisdom includes the power of creativity, referring to the innovative way of thinking, that is coming up with new and productive ways of action in life. Creativity includes artistic achievements, but it is more than that.
By training yourself to be creative, you expand your perception and your wisdom. By studying yourself through the creative and fun path of visual arts, you are able to perceive even the negative traits of your personality as mere obstacles that you have to overcome, with the support of your positive attributes.
An effective path of self-awareness contains and puts emphasis on the individual’s positive resources. These positive resources, existing in each one of us, were expressed in the most sonorous way when we were kids and at that age they were hindered and restrained by the social environment, schooling and all sorts of “musts”.
Going back to our childhood, with the appropriate meditational techniques, we find the lost treasures of our qualities and our positive traits in their most pure and concise form. Great findings are, also, the constant pursuit of truth and the young child’s creativity, elements that remain inside us usually buried under some “musts”, “appearances” or “I know better”.
These findings, as well as the experiential training in them, open the path to a creative life in which positive thinking is not only an effort functioning like a life-jacket for the hard times, but it is the constant, self-fueled outcome of creative action in life.
Thus, from the shallow “think positive” we are led to the transcendental “think creatively” in the manner and with the courage you did when you were a kid.
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