What is Positive Psychology?

“What is Positive Psychology?” A “white board animation” sponsored by Test Prep Gurus (

This video was recently featured at the Western Positive Psychology Association Annual Conference and in the lobby of the Positive Psychology department at Penn State!

Written and Produced by: Nick Standlea
Animation Technique Development Team: Gack Standlea, Jessie Franzetti, Jesse Standlea
Animation: Tyreece Smith
Voice: David Compton

Special Thanks to:
The Quality of Life Research Center
Jeanne Nakamura
Natalie Demchenko

This project was sponsored by Test Prep Gurus (

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#Positive #Psychology

Some Toughts (43)

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    added on 11 Oct, 2012

    Thank you for such a potentially transformational concept that I will immediately be applying as an educator! I have been engaged in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for almost 20 years; I am a study and practitioner of Zen principles; I am my middle school's PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) coordinator. Positive psychology contains the best elements of therapy, Zen, and PBIS! I am so excited to apply these principles toward my students' life-long success!!! Thank you again.

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    added on 31 Oct, 2012

    I believe that under Csikszentmihalyi´s flow model the relaxation and boredom bits are in switched places. Anyways; thank for this nice vid!

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    added on 10 Jan, 2013

    Thank you!

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    added on 11 Jan, 2013

    good shit, differentiating this from new age self help shit.

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    added on 13 Jan, 2013

    Great video – much needed. I would really like to make a version available in Danish. Would this be ok with you – of course with due credit.

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    added on 14 Jan, 2013

    Sounds like a great idea! Please email me at Info @ PrepGurus (dot) com


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    added on 21 Feb, 2013

    Falun Dafa is a cultivation system in the Buddha School, saving people, that is based on the principles of the Universe:

    真 Truthfulness
    善 Compassion
    忍 Forbearance

    It teaches elevation of one's moral character. Since 1999 it has been brutally persecuted by the CCP in China. Good people are being tortured, raped, killed, force-fed, deprived of sleep and have organs harvested from simply because their spiritual belief. Millions practitioners were killed by the evil CCP.


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    added on 6 Mar, 2013

    Excellent Summary! Well done! It perfectly represents my views and what I am trying to achieve in my new business! Thanks for the video!

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    added on 11 Apr, 2013

    It is brilliant to have such a perfect short summary about decades of research. Sorry that the quality of voice makes the whole information somehow questionable. Positive Psychology is about the willingness to discover our strengths, willingness to take our life into our hands and open up our eyes to see the reality. I am working with the elements os PP since 10 years with business clients, and it works.

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    added on 13 Apr, 2013

    I love the quote at the end

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    added on 1 May, 2013

    me encanta la psicología ppositiva

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    added on 13 May, 2013

    Great video 🙂 so useful for me. Thanks

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    added on 17 May, 2013
    Reply amazing video to journey of positive psychology

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    added on 31 May, 2013

    wat do u use to make this

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    added on 28 Jun, 2013

    Yeah Anime drawing

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    added on 28 Jun, 2013

    sorry but there is no foundation to all the elements mentioned in this video.
    You may follow every word he says but at the end, happiness is not something we own or something we can create or develope.
    Its a gift…
    I can give u an example, i was looking at a picture of a some kids in a ware zone with the biggest smile and they seemed so happy while they were hungry, homeless in some camp, probably no lost their families, just tragic, Yet, smiling. A GIFT!

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    added on 25 Jul, 2013

    Hi, what can i do for you? Where is this going to take place?

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    added on 30 Jul, 2013

    Excelente and the graphics are amazing

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    added on 8 Aug, 2013

    The following are outstanding…
    "Finding Flow"
    "The Evolving Self"

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    added on 15 Sep, 2013

    Wow. Where did that narrator come from? Cheesiest voiceover ever. Hard to stomach.

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    added on 31 Oct, 2013

    excellent piece of work which I have shared. Thank you

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    added on 2 Nov, 2013

    great intro to +ve psy

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    added on 13 Nov, 2013

    positive psychology is all about self delusion. Delude yourself happy. A kind of self programming or self brainwashing.

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    added on 7 Dec, 2013

    this is so true, great

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    added on 22 Mar, 2014

    A unique treat!

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    added on 1 Apr, 2014

    Incredible way of changing the way we see situations and life. Excited about exploring this further as a future educator! 

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    added on 13 Apr, 2014

    "Anyone who says otherwise is selling something."

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    added on 12 May, 2014

    Great video. Nice and clear. The more we all do our parts the better future for Humans and the planet 🙂

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    added on 2 Jun, 2014

    with what program is this made?

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    added on 29 Jun, 2014

    The Positive Psychology is a great improvement in sciences nowadays, it's based on forgiveness, love and gratitude.

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    added on 13 Jul, 2014

    Positive Psychology is basically a way of saying you can "wish things into existence" and is also becoming associated w/ suicide prevention training.

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    added on 22 Aug, 2014

    Perfect little summary!

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    added on 25 Aug, 2014

    For what it's worth, I liked this little video very much.  It was very well done, concise and educational.  Well done and kudos to him/her/those that put it together.

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    added on 14 Sep, 2014

    It is good to know how positive psychology to work with people.

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    added on 15 Oct, 2014

    Good old epictetus brought me here!(indirectly)

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    Great video, thanks for sharing

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    added on 21 Nov, 2014

    Mike Csikszentmihalyi? No… Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi. 🙂

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    added on 31 Mar, 2015

    Excellent video !  Cela se rapproche beaucoup de l'approche du boudhiste sur la vie.  Pourquoi ce qui apparait simple est si difficile pour certain.  Est-ce manque de motivation de changer un conditionnement qui n'a plus sa place ?  

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    added on 10 Apr, 2015

    great vid:)

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    added on 25 Oct, 2015

    love it !

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    added on 22 Aug, 2016

    Awesome explanation – I hope you guys don't mind me featuring your video on my review of #positivepsychology at – really appreciate how you have put this together! Gratitude!

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    added on 20 Feb, 2019

    We want to use this video for a college course in Psychology at Santa Rosa Junior College. Would you please grant us permission to caption the video so it has punctuation and clear sentences? If you turn on Community Contributions in YouTube, we could add the better captions to these videos. Alternatively, we can send you a corrected caption file that you can upload in YouTube. One more option is to use a site such as that will embed the video and give us an interface to overlay the video with the better caption file.

    All of these options leave the control in your hands. If you take down the video, it will no longer appear in the course, we will just be embedding from YouTube, not downloading the video.

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    added on 6 Mar, 2019

    Excellent video. Thanks a lot for creating and sharing

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