Since the early 20th century, the fields of psychology have focused on healing mental distress and disorder rather than on promoting human flourishing and increasing wellbeing. The Positive Psychology movement, founded by Professor Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, has engaged in the scientific exploration of human wellness and optimal functioning to help people not only to mend what is broken, but to go on to expand their potential and thrive. 

The field is founded on the believe that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play. 

The key tenets of Positive Psychology centre on increasing human flourishing through cultivating positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and achievement. These tenets are echoed in the Geelong Grammar School Model of Positive Education, and the evidence-based science of Positive Psychology is used to help shape our Positive Education curriculum.