The University of Pennsylvania
Positive Psychology Center
The Positive Psychology Center promotes research, training, education,
and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. This field is founded
on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling
lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance
their experiences of love, work, and play.
Positive Psychology has three central concerns:
positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions.
Understanding positive emotions entails the study of contentment
with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future.
Understanding positive individual traits consists of the study
of the strengths and virtues, such as the capacity for love and
work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity,
self-knowledge, moderation, self-control, and wisdom.
Understanding positive institutions entails the study of the
strengths that foster better communities, such as justice, responsibility,
civility, parenting, nurturance, work ethic, leadership, teamwork,
purpose, and tolerance.
Some of the goals of Positive Psychology are to build a science
- Families and schools that allow children to flourish
- Workplaces that foster satisfaction and high productivity
- Communities that encourage civic engagement
- Therapists who identify and nurture their patients' strengths
- The teaching of Positive Psychology
- Dissemination of Positive Psychology interventions in organizations & communities
To learn more about the Positive Psychology Center, please visit
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