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Positive Psychology

Physical Activity and Flow

Sven Einar

on 8 May 2013

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Perspective PSY306 Health Psychology A Positive Approach
To a Healthy and Active Life In Summary: Source: <http://carpediemmaldives.com/maldives/surfing> Pleasure, Meaning
Engagement However, All character strengths contribute to engagement, meaning and pleasure when applied in the right context (Seligman, 2002). Character Strengths “If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.” – Mihaly Csizkszentmihalyi Perspective


Perseverance Life Satisfaction The Engaging Life The Meaningful Life The Pleasant Life Hope Beauty Humor Religiousness Perspective Creativity Perseverance Zest Life Satisfaction The Engaging Life The Meaningful Life The Pleasant Life Hope Beauty Humor Religiousness Creativity Perseverance Zest Perspective Perspective Creativity & Perseverance Creativity & Perseverance How is Mary doing? Introduction Positive Psychology
Strengths & Virtues
Physical Activity Source: <http://drpinna.com/women-start-exercising-4492/fat-women-4944> Source: <http://geocaching.scouts.com.au/geocaching/caches.php> Source: <http://www.geocaching.com/map/?ll=-26.69724,153.06061#?ll=-26.69727,153.06062&z=14> Source: <http://www.actclassy.com/support-us/sad-shelter-dog2> Source <http://dadsroundtable.com/health_lifestyle/2013/02/our-childrens-future> Life Satisfaction The Engaging Life The Meaningful Life The Pleasant Life Hope Beauty Humor Religiousness Perspective Creativity Perseverance Zest Exercise has become a dirty word Good for us, but not very pleasurable Among the biggest barriers to exercise were, lack of money and a dislike of exercise (Reichert et al., 2007). Pleasure, Engagement, and Meaning is highly
associated with well-being.
Well-being – a frequent experience of positive
emotions, with a lack of negative ones. Schueller, M. & Seligman, M. E. P. (2010). Pursuit of pleasure, engagement, and meaning: Relationships to subjective and objective measures of well-being. The Journal of positive Psychology, 5(4), 253-263. Meaning Marc – Sven – Bryan Models, Positive Psychology
Health Behaviour Past, Present and Future Focus Biomedical
Model Biopsychosocial model Biological
Reductionist view
Body / Mind Dualism Interaction
Multiple Variables
Person focus Health Promotion Primary Prevention ...prevention of disease from occurring by taking preventative action Secondary Prevention ...treating symptoms, preventing reoccurrence of a disease, or taking action to slow its progression Sedentary Behaviour Mary 34 years old




High Risk :
Type 2 Diabetes Health Behaviour Physical Activity Exercise Source: <http://shani-alike.blogspot.com.au/2012_08_01_archive.html> Positive Psychology “The field of positive psychology at the subjective level is about valued subjective experiences: (in the past); (for the future); and
(in the present). At the individual level, it is about positive individual traits:

At the group level, it is about civic virtues and the institutions that move individuals toward better citizenship: (Cherubini, 2009) Strengths and Virtues Wisdom and Knowledge
creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, love of learning, perspective
authenticity, bravery, persistence, zest
kindness, love, social intelligence
fairness, leadership, teamwork
forgiveness, modesty, prudence, self-regulation
appreciation of beauty and excellence, gratitude, hope, humour, spirituality
Pleasure – Engagement - Meaning Source: <http://serendipitouslyvegan.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/on-top-of-the-world/> well-being, contentment, and satisfaction flow and happiness hope and optimism the capacity for love and vocation, courage, interpersonal skill, aesthetic sensibility, perseverance, forgiveness, originality, future mindedness, spirituality, high talent, and wisdom. responsibility, nurturance, altruism, civility, moderation, tolerance, and work ethic.”
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