# Techniques from Postive Psycholgy
Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology | positive psychology, positive psycholgy techniques


An online experiment by Seligman and colleagues on a group of 411 mildly depressed individuals produced very positive results.

The volunteers were engaged for seven days in one of five well-being enhancing activities that involved practicing gratitude, positive thinking, and focusing on one’s strengths.

The result was that they experienced a boost in well-being and a decline in depressive symptoms. A follow up 11 months later showed that these benefits were maintained well after the experiment ended.

Two of the activities in particular: writing about three good things in one’s life and using one’s key strengths in a new way resulted in the most lasting improvement of depression.  The third was changing negative thought patterns.

To summarize here are the three keys to breaking through depression.

  1. Practicing gratitude
  2. Focusing on your strengths rather than weaknesses
  3. Changing negative thought patterns

Keep tuned in with this blog for information on how to do these activities.

Map of Depression across the world

Depression World Wide


Depression is a World Wide Phenomenon

The map above shows incidence of depression world wide.

Only the countries that had available statistics are included.

121 million people is an alarming number.

It is estimated that in the UK about 15% of the population are clinically depressed.

In the US, one in every four Americans (25%) has a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety.  This could be in fact much higher, because many people with depression do not seek professional help.

The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that depression will be the second leading cause of death by 2020.

You are invited to provide reliable statistics from countries where the incidence of depression is not shown on the above map.


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