The most popular course at Harvard this semester teaches the skill of positive thinking.
855 students signed up for a positive psychology course to learn how to create "a fulfilling and flourishing life." Harvard is one of about a hundred campuses around the country offering courses that focus on what helps people to feel good. Positive Psychology is the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.
Growing piles of scientific research are promoted on the covers of magazines like Time, and leading to masters degree programs, like the one centered on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. The University of PA offers to professionals, many of whom are working full-time, the chance to earn a pioneering graduate degree from the Ivy League university, with the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). International conferences on the topic are now numerous. The Fifth International Positive Psychology Summit will be held in Washington, DC on October 5- 7, 2006 and sponsored by The Gallup Organization with Toyota and Toyota University.