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Positive Psychology Can Improve Education

by Shadra Bruce on September 3, 2010

The field of education is one of the most prominent areas in which positive psychology can have an impact. Through the use of positive education, an approach that says it is just as important to teach skills that contribute to happiness along with traditional academic topics, supporters of positive psychology hope to improve mental health.

Nearly a fifth of American youth suffer from depression, with the onset of symptoms now starting much earlier. The problem is even worse in other countries, like China and Japan, where the pressure to succeed academically is almost overwhelming to some students.

Positive education provides students will skills and tools to increase their ability to communicate effectively. The goal of positive education is to improve self-confidence and self-esteem while increasing tolerant behavior. Positive educators encourage respect for self and others, and work hard to create an atmosphere that encourages positive learning.

The tools learned through positive education give children added resilience against depression and allows students to focus on learning. The idea behind positive education is that by introducing positive psychology to students at a younger age, they will suffer less impediments to their overall learning, which will serve to enhance their academic capability as well. In conjunction with an improved focus on physical exercise and healthy eating, the approach promises to offer a broader set of tools for success to all students.

Shadra Bruce is a contributing writer for Mental Health News

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