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Eternal youth and all-around good health…according to research, it’s all in our heads!
The latest research is in; the younger you feel, the younger you are. A positive outlook on life does more than improving your happiness. It improves your physical health!
If you’re interested in studying this fascinating branch of psychology, a master’s in positive psychology could be the right course for you. At the University of Bolton, our British Psychological Society accredited courses are some of the best in the UK. In fact, we’ve been No.1 in Greater Manchester (and Top 10 in the UK) for Student Satisfaction in Psychology* for four consecutive years!
Find out more about this amazing research below…
The link between positivity and lifespan
That’s right, the more positive you are, the longer you’ll live, according to scientific data. There is now a wealth of research that spans five decades, and the results are clear.
The people who see ageing as a process for potential growth tend to have fewer health problems in their 70s, 80s and 90s. On the flip side, those who associate ageing with helplessness and decline tend to show more physical signs of biological ageing and have shorter lifespans.
The science behind this theory is incredibly robust, and there are labs across the globe using different methods to measure and track, and yet, all the data points to the same conclusion. Having a glass half full attitude is the elixir of life. This means we all have more power and control over the speed and scale of the ageing process than we first believed.
The benefits of positive psychology
If you’re passionate about improving people’s quality of life and helping people find better ways of tackling stress, anxiety and depression, this is a great time to study your master’s in positive psychology.
Not only can positive thinking keep us young, both physically and mentally, but this innovative branch of psychology is proving to be a highly effective alternative to traditional medicine for the clinically depressed. For depression sufferers who get no avail with prescribed pills, positive psychology therapy can provide an effective, long-term solution, with zero side effects.
Furthermore, there have been multiple studies linking mental attitude with the disease. One example is a Harvard University study that followed a group of women over an eight-year period, and those who were less optimistic ultimately suffered from more cases of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory disease.
With the release of more and more data showing the incredible benefits of practising mindfulness and gratitude, pursuing work in this field can be a rewarding career option.
Upskill in positive psychology
We have a number of master’s in positive psychology courses at the University of Bolton, including a master’s conversion course, and a combined counselling and positive psychology course. This means it’s possible for both psychology graduates and non-psychology graduates to pursue this career path.
Positive psychology can be applied in every area of life too, from work and relationships to personal growth and improvement, meaning that your services will be able to reach every type of person. Making it a hugely rewarding job, one that will be in great demand in the future.
Interested in doing a master’s in positive psychology? With the best positive psychology courses in the UK (and the accolades to prove it), there’s nowhere better to begin your journey than the University of Bolton.
Study British Psychological Society accredited courses in our friendly and supportive learning environment, where your personal and professional development is our priority. Come and experience #UniAsItShouldBe!
To find out more about applying in 2022/23, see our available positive psychology courses.
*Complete University Guide 2022, 2021, 2020 & 2019 – North West