Positive psychology coaching

What is positive psychology coaching?

Positive psychology researchers and coaches are interested in helping people, communities, and organisations to thrive.

Happiness and wellbeing are very subjective, however, there are some common building blocks:

  • good resilience skills
  • optimism
  • a healthy balance of negative and positive emotions
  • an awareness of our biases
  • emotional agility
  • an understanding of our strengths (and our weaknesses)
  • having meaning in our lives
  • an absence of pain or having an ability to manage pain
  • good physical health
  • connection to other people
  • connection to ourselves - understanding our values, goals, personality, emotional triggers and our working style
  • work-life balance
  • healthy pragmatism

Positive psychology coaching - developing your abilities

If you are interested in finding out more about developing your abilities in some of these areas, contact us today.

Playing to your strengths and being in flow

The godfathers of positive psychology Martin Seligman and Mihály Csíkszentmihályi focused upon two core elements:

  • Strengths coaching; and
  • Flow theory

When people identify, celebrate and use their unique character strengths, they feel more engaged, energised and happier. A helpful analogy is to think of a sports team with each player slotting into roles that fit their unique talents.

Finding, celebrating, sharing and using your strengths

Martin Seligman developed the Values in action inventory (VIA) at the University of Pennsylvania. This is an online test that helps people identify and order their top 24 character strengths. For example, these include honesty, teamwork, zest and energy, industry and so on.

There are many other ways to help people identify their own and each other’s top strengths and how to use and celebrate them. 

If we invest our energy into a strength, which gives us a buzz, we feel more intrinsically motivated to develop expertise in that area. Investing in a low strength might take us from poor to mediocre.

Being in flow in life

Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s Flow theory explores the world of optimal experience. His research indicates that counter-intuitively, we often choose low engagement activities, which undermine our happiness. To be in flow, he posits that we continually look for ways to develop mastery in an area and set our goals just ahead of our abilities. Set these goals too far ahead and we become stressed. Set our goals inside our comfort zone, and we become tired and apathetic.

Who can coach positive psychology?

Andy Roberts has a masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of East London. He is also an accredited emotional intelligence coach.

He has taught one to one and group sessions with major organisations in the UK and Australia since 2006. Clients include South 32, PwC, James Cook University, The House of Commons, Amerada Hess, HAYS Recruitment, CQ University and many more.


What is your next step to developing your positive psychology abilities?

For one to one sessions or to organise group sessions contact Andy Roberts via the contact us page

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Andy Roberts – Emotional intelligence and positive psychology coach

Coaching, mindfulness and leadership training

Andy is a former consultant with 13 years of experience at KPMG. In 2003 he began a new career in coaching and wellbeing. He started his wellbeing journey by training to become a sports therapist and yoga teacher