For those who know me, it should come as no surprise that positivity is one of signature strengths (under the StrengthsFinder 2.0 strengths assessment), something that I am truly grateful for. So when I learned that there was a branch of study called positive psychology, I was most intrigued to find out more.
Positive psychology, a field that emerged in the 1980’s, is the scientific study of what makes people thrive and excel. Simply put, it is the science of what makes us happy.
Happiness is often defined as “subjective well-being”, involving pleasure, engagement and finding meaning in life. This can include:
• Realizing that you have the capacity to change
• Experiencing fulfillment
• Joy in striving towards your potential
Happiness comes along with a positive mindset that looks at the world through the lens of learning and opportunity. For professional musicians, cultivating a positive mindset is an essential element of music entrepreneurship. Let’s take a closer look at how the science of happiness can help musicians to create greater career success.