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Principles of positive psychology

Positive psychology focuses on growth and well -being. While other branches of psychology tend to focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior, positive psychology is centered on helping people thrive and become happier and more productive. At its core, positive psychology is the belief that people actively seek and inherently desire happiness.
How that happiness plays out (whether through financial success; a fulfilling career; the upbringing of a family; love; stability; or freedom) is different from person to person. In his research, Dr. Martin Seligman, a leader in the positive psychology movement, identified the positive personal strengths that move people toward their ideals of happiness: courage, social skills, a good work ethic, honesty, optimism, perseverance and hope. Positive psychology offers strategies to help people develop and enhance these personal strengths.

Why Everyday Matters: Living Your Best Life with MS?

We know:
  • MS can bring many challenges.
  • MS can test even the best within us.
  • MS can bring what can feel like a never-ending cycle of loss and grief, and learning a new normal.
  • MS can be isolating and take us to a negative space where you may feel stuck.
  • The principles of positive psychology work - happiness is at the center of success.
Everyday Matters was developed as a tool to assist people living with MS find those strategies to support ongoing happiness, even in the face of adversity. The goal is to think about ways we can bring more happiness into our everyday lives by using simple and proven strategies.

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To take your learning to a new level access the individual modules below as you work thought the participant workbook (.pdf). Each module includes:

  • videos
  • publications
  • worksheets
  • links to relevant web pages

Navigate these resources and information at your own pace, choosing the topics most relevant to you in the order that works best for you and your situation.


Funded in part by educational grants from:
  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • Biogen