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Running head: ANALYTICAL WORKING PAPER 7
Innes: Positive Psychology
HOD 1250 Applied Human Development
Aaron Schwartz
Vanderbilt University
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Inness: Positive Psychology
Summary
The research conducted by Innes (2017) explains how little attention has been given to
enhancing and understanding the key fragments in positive psychological health. It further
identifies the essential components to having a meaningful life in Martin Seligman’s Positive
Psychology Model. This model gives the “guidelines for mapping a path to a meaningful,
engaged and fulfilled life” (Innes, 2017, p. 2). It consists of the five sectors: Positive Emotions,
Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. Even though each component is
equally important and interdependent, they can’t be completed in sequential order. The model
describes the outline for personal development and explains the steps needed to be taken before
truly reaching a meaningful life. Seligman’s theory stressed the importance of developing
sensitive relationships so that one can discover themselves and have intimate relations with
others. He also says that one needs to develop the proper attitudes and skills, so that one can
strive towards achievements and benefit society. Finally, in an effort to have the strength to
complete these tasks, one must establish a “life-long health and fitness program” (Innes, 2017).
Innes (2017) focuses heavily on the importance of having a stable health and fitness program.
Through this program, one creates the energy and mental capacity to complete the previous
mentioned components of Seligman’s Positive Psychology Model. There are three key factors in
helping to achieve the energy: maintaining a store of physical energy through a healthy diet and
exercise, increasing mindfulness and reducing chronic anxiety, and developing high quality
sensitive-responsive relationships. Through social media and advertisement, people are
overwhelmed with the ways in which they can improve their health and physical ability. But, the
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message delivered is misleading saying that change is easy and happens rapidly. Innes states, “a
successful personal growth program is a lifelong commitment to a new lifestyle” (Innes, 2017, p.
16). These guidelines serve as the foundation for gaining the energy, and take longer than a
couple of weeks to achieve. Towards the end, Innes (2017) explains how few have the willpower and resilience to succeed in maintaining a proper and healthy lifestyle.
Relations
Both of the concepts previously explain directly relate to my life in the present, past, and
future. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and have good mental health, I often workout at a
local gym 3-4 times a week. Doing this helps me reduce the feelings of anxiety and pressure that
life can sometimes unconsciously create. Furthermore, practicing mindful techniques offer me a
great sense of safety, and provide a secure foundation for comfort. Growing up I received a lot of
criticism and ridicule from students and was often bullied. But conquering certain aspects of
Seligman’s model such as developing positive relationships with friends and creating a health
and fitness program has helped me be happy with myself internally. Creating life goals is also
another aspect of Seligman’s model that helps me strive towards achievement. By setting goals,
one develops a sense of pride and intrinsic motivation that help drives someone further than they
had previously imagined. Overall, these guidelines and values help serve as an excellent
barometer for measuring the importance and balance between my own meaningfulness and
happiness.
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References
Innes, R. B. (2017), Positive Psychology as a Foundation for a Fulfilling Life. In A Meaningful
and Engaged Life (pp. 158-184). Berkley, CA: UC Press.