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Positive psychology is "the study of the processes and conditions that contribute to optimal functioning and flourishing in human beings... positive experiences, positive traits, positive communities...positive emotions." (ENCY OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY)

Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology

Martin Seligman talks about psychology as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology, a field of study that examines healthy states, such as happiness, strength of character and optimism.

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    • Avoid  topics that is too specific or narrow
    • Find keywords to use in your searching
  • When you have your topic focus, think of a research question for your research paper.
  • Then use the key words of your question (think vowels) for create a search tab
  • Don't be afraid to revise your topic and question as you research!

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