Prescribing Happiness: Positive Psychology and Family Medicine

The following article discusses positive psychology as a means of mental health promotion in family medicine. Themes in family medicine help improve understanding of happiness, meaning in life, character strengths, and relevant strategies to develop these ideas. The authors posit that it behooves family physicians to become familiar with and incorporate positive psychology into their practices for better health. Moreover, the article reviews examples of the work in positive psychology, including gratitude, capitalization, “satisfying,” character strengths, and learned optimism and describes potential applications of each area in medical education, physician well-being, and patient care.

Individual Strategies, Organizational Strategies

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