Exploring the concept of Positive Health

Positive Health is an innovative approach to improving health and well being that focuses on promoting "health assets," rather than focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. According to project director Martin Seligman, director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Positive Health encompasses the understanding that "people desire well-being in its own right and they desire it above and beyond the relief of their suffering." The concept of Positive Health builds on advances in the field of Positive Psychology, which applies validated interventions to boost the strengths and virtues that help individuals thrive emotionally in daily life. With the support of the Pioneer Portfolio, Seligman and his team are exploring whether the concept of positive health may reveal a variety of potent, low-cost approaches that can serve as a buffer against physical and mental illness and, more importantly, enhance people's overall health assets.

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded $2,771,990.00

Awarded on: 7/25/2008

Time frame: 8/15/2008 - 6/14/2015

Grant Number: 63597


University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences

120 Logan Hall
249 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, 19104-6304


Martin E. P. Seligman
Project Director