Positive psychology's main aim is to encourage people to discover and nurture their character strengths, rather than channelling their efforts into correcting shortcomings. Positive psychology highlights the need for one to shift their negative outlook to a more optimistic view in order to improve quality of life.

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Why Positive Psychology is Important? 

Source: Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities, and organisations to thrive.

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The breakthrough contribution of Positive Intelligence research is through factor analysis to discover the core factors that impact both performance and wellbeing. This research revealed that there are only 10 negative response factors (10 Saboteurs) and only 5 positive response factors (5 Sage powers).

Discovering these root-level factors of performance and wellbeing dramatically simplifies personal and professional development. Intercepting one's Saboteur and activating one's Sage automatically results in a wide array of impacts including stress management, relationship improvement, performance, selling and persuasion, creativity, leadership, resilience, and happiness. This is because we are rewiring the brain at the root level rather than treating symptoms.

It takes many years to form belief and habits, in order to unwind and reset our default thinking pattern that is hindering our progress, we need a considerable effort and discipline to instil positive lifestyle rituals. The positive and uplifting positive feelings of peace, joy, and true happiness are simply impossible to feel when your Survivor Brain is in charge, we need to decrease the surviving brain from charging and stressing your system, as such, regular practise of mindfulness activities are important to be part of your everyday routine.

Step 3: Empower with strength and positiveness to achieve a desired outcome

Your Sage/Strength lives in an entirely different region of your brain, the middle prefrontal cortex, "empathy circuitry", and parts of the right brain. It generates positive emotions while handling life's challenges. These include empathy, compassion, gratitude, curiosity, joy of creativity, and calm, clear-headed laser-focused action. This region is wired for creativity and big picture awareness of what is important and the best course of action. Activating this region results in release of endorphins that counter the negative impacts of stress-induced cortisol.

Step 2: Use practise strategy to manage the saboteur

Saboteurs are the voices in your head that generate negative emotions when you handle life's challenges. They exist in the brainstem, limbic system, and parts of the left brain. They produce much of your stress, anxiety, self-doubt, anger, shame, guilt, frustration, and mind chatter. These negative emotions are only helpful for a second as they alert you to dangers or issues. However, staying in these emotions hurts your ability to see clearly and choose the most impactful response.

Step 1: Identifying your saboteur (negative brain behaviour)