Positive psychology – Coming to a theatre near you?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe current issue of PsycCRITIQUES* reviews the film The Pursuit of Happyness from a positive psychology perspective. According to reviewer Ryan Niemiec, it stacks up pretty well.

If you haven’t seen the movie, and want a reminder of the value of persevering through hurdles while using your strengths for resourcefulness, then it might be worth finding the DVD. Be warned though – it’s not without great sadness.

Here’s an extract of the abstract of the review:


Reviews the film, The pursuit of happyness directed by Gabriele Muccino (2006)…

 …The Gardner character is a fairly balanced portrayal of several positive psychology strengths (e.g., persistence, love, and hope); there are a variety of real-life obstacles to each strength (e.g., homelessness, unemployment, being a victim of theft, and the protagonist’s separation from his wife); he overcomes obstacles and builds on his strengths (e.g., empathy for his son, creativity in an imagination game at a low point, finding ways to save time at work, and staying motivated at difficult times); and the film’s tone is uplifting and inspiring.

(C) 2007 by the American Psychological Association

Source: PsycCRITIQUES. 52(38), September 19, 2007 published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

* Each weekly issue of PsycCRITIQUES reviews about 20 psychology books and gives a psychology-tinged review of a popular film.

By Michele Connolly

Choose to be happier – and you will be.

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