The Science

"Happy people appear to be more successful than their less happy peers in three primary life domains: work, relationships, and health… [and] it is happiness that promotes success [not the other way round]" 1

Positive Psychology is a branch of psychology, that introduced a new perspective in this science, by focusing on mental health and prevention (vs mental illness and treatment) - not denying the challenges of life, but looking for what makes people resilient and flourishing.

"The aim is to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive"2

Since its beginning as a new domain of psychology in 1998, Positive Psychology and its applications are booming, and the evidence of its impact is inspiring.

Here is a glimpse at Positive Psychology research findings:

"Top 100 'happiest' companies outperform S&P 500 and Dow Jones by 20% since 2021" - Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford and Harvard University

20-70% of variance in organizational performance is attributable to positive leadership behaviour - no other factors is as important - "Positively Energizing Leadership", K. Cameron, 2021

"A decade of research proves that happiness raises nearly every business and educational outcome: raising sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%" - "The Happiness Advantage", Achor S., 2010

A Leader's positive energy increases her/his employees' job satisfaction, well-being, engagement, performance, and family enrichment - "Relational energy at work", Baker, & Cameron 2016

Positive practices account for almost half of the performance on financial measures, customer retention, voluntary turnover, engagement, and top mgmt. evaluations - "Effects of Positive Practices on Organizational Effectiveness", Cameron, Mora, Leutscher, Calarco, 2011

"Well-being programs can lead to 11% higher academic achievement" - "The impact of enhancing students' social and emotional learning: a meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions", Joseph A Durlak, Roger P Weissberg, Allison B Dymnicki, Rebecca D Taylor, Kriston B Schellinger, 2011

1"The benefits of frequent positive affect: does happiness lead to success?", Lyubomirsky, Sonja; King, Laura; Diener, Ed, 2005
2Martin Seligman, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, former president of the American Psychological Association, and "father" of Positive Psychology