What is Positive Education
Positive Education is an approach to education that aims to accelerate academic performance, well-being, and happiness using Positive Psychology. The influential psychologist and Professor Martin Seligman founded Positive Education based upon his PERMA theory and Values in Action (VIA) positive character traits. Seligman's PERMA theory focuses on five mental wellness elements: Positive emotions, Engagement, positive Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. VIA focuses on the six categories of virtue: wisdom & knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Positive Education aims to ignite individuals' ability to reach their full potential to lead fulfilling lives.
Research has shown that Positive Education cultivates a happier and healthier environment for learning and teaching. When students are happy, they can pay attention better, be more creative, and have higher community involvement. Additionally, positive education decreases students' anxiety and helps them manage difficult situations. When students perform at a happier and more positive level, their engagement increases and students are more resilient in their academic studies. (Fischer, 2015). Positive Education combines traditional education principles and data-driven practices to elevate flourishing.