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Positive Psychology Diploma Course

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Some of us prefer to take a mindful or spiritual approach to our lives and the problems in it, while others find a practical, logical method works better. Based around the Psychology of Happiness, the Positive Psychology Diploma Course marries together studies of happiness in both science and nature, to provide students with the knowledge of how to find true happiness and contentment. If you let it, this course will help you to change your life.

What You'll Learn from the Positive Psychology Diploma Course

This course guides you through 9 comprehensive modules:

  1. Happiness
  2. Science Behind the Smile
  3. Instant Mood Lift
  4. Depression
  5. Negative Thoughts!
  6. PERMA in Practice
  7. Mindful Engagement
  8. Exploration of Needs
  9. Positive Psychology as a Business

The expectations that society puts on us, and the human condition itself, bring about many obstructions in the pursuit of happiness. The first module of the Positive Psychology Diploma Course explores happiness and the effects modern society have on happiness, as well as how to cope with these environmental factors. This module aims to define the term happiness and what it means.

From brain cells to physiology, the second module discusses the science behind both happiness and sadness. Happiness is about understanding yourself, and a large part of that is based in neuroscience. The course’s second module aids students in understanding the physical, biological changes that occur in our brains on a daily basis, as we feel different things.

Making long term change starts with committing to smaller, more regular changes, which will then make larger changes more accessible, as you will already be well-practiced in changing your mood. Module 3 of the Positive Psychology Course teaches students quick consciousness shift/mood lifting techniques, which can be employed to immediately change a person’s mind-set from that of negativity, to positivity.

The reason many students may be studying the Positive Psychology Diploma Course could because they themselves are suffering with depression or would like to help those who are. As an important area to cover when talking about happiness, depression is explored in great detail in module 4. The most recent findings on the causes of depressions and how to cope and deal with depression using natural methods, are explored.

The main obstruction when seeking happiness is negative thoughts. The fifth module of the course talks about the habit of thinking negatively and how we can cultivate a healthy resilience against this.

The Positive Psychology Diploma Course’s sixth module concentrates on understanding our needs and how to meet them, using the PERMA model. Fully broken down and explained in the module, this technique ensures resilience and long term contentment, happiness, and positivity.

Module 7 discusses the importance of engaging in life through mindfulness and selected activities. There is a universal need for humans to be engaged with something, as it provides curiosity, zest and gratitude in life. This is also linked to an area that is now commonplace in none-medicated mental health care; mindfulness. This module discusses each, the link between them, and how they aid positivity and resilience.

As humans we have a need for social and secure relationships, from our first, biological relationships to the relationship with a life partner. The eighth module in the Positive Psychology Diploma Course explains the science behind this thinking, and then moves on to teach the final two areas of the PERMA model: meaning and accomplishment.

The final module of the course begins by talking about using what has been learned during the course, in the workplace. It then goes on to discuss the practical aspects of setting up and running a happiness focussed business.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Positive Psychology Diploma Course is for anyone who wants to be happier (so pretty much everyone) and would like a practical guide that combines the ideas of how to improve your mind from within, with the science of what happens when you follow these actions and understand their positive, physical effects on the brain.

The knowledge learned from within the course should be applied to your own life, whether you feel the need or not (you can never be too happy) but students can also take what they have learned and help others or even use the techniques to aid them in a career in counselling.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Positive Psychology Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus



Module 1: Happiness

  • We Are Being Manipulated
  • Activity 1
  • What is Happiness?
  • Activity 2
  • The Harvard Study of Adult Development
  • A Snippet of Happiness
  • Happiness Template
  • Module 1 Exercise

Module 2: Science Behind the Smile

  • What is Psychology?
  • Perspectives
  • The Brain!
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Positive Brain Change!
  • The Science of Happiness
  • Positive Psychologists
  • The Human Givens Approach
  • Physical Needs
  • Emotional Needs
  • Resources
  • Maslow Approach
  • Are You Self-Actualized?
  • The Graves Model
  • Module 2 Exercise

Module 3: Instant Mood Lift

  • Being Grateful
  • Laugh More
  • Choose Company Carefully
  • Meditate
  • Journal
  • Have Fun
  • Embrace Satisfaction
  • Positive Thinking
  • Creating Inner Peace
  • Be Happy Now
  • Love
  • Understanding That It's Not Always Perfect!
  • Habits of Happy People
  • Make Today Count
  • What About Depression?
  • Module 3 Exercise

Module 4: Depression

  • What is Depression?
  • Symptoms of Depression
  • Resilience
  • Studies Say:
  • Medication-Free SSRIs
  • Physical Exercise - The Benefits
  • Resilient Habits
  • Module 4 Exercise

Module 5: Negative Thoughts!

  • Psychological Happiness!
  • Negative Thought and Feelings!
  • The Chimp Paradox
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Examining Negative Thoughts
  • Automatic Thoughts
  • Balancing
  • STOP
  • RAIN
  • The Rose Garden
  • Seligman's PERMA Model
  • Module 5 Exercise

Module 6: PERMA in Practice

  • Positive Emotion
  • What is Emotion?
  • The Subjective Experience
  • The Physiological Response
  • The Behavioural Response
  • Do You Know Your Strengths?
  • Identification
  • Exercise
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Module 6 Exercise

Module 7: Mindful Engagement

  • Mindfulness
  • The Physiology of Mindful Living
  • Being Present to the Breath
  • Meditation
  • Colouring Books
  • Crafting and Creating
  • Other Engaging Ideas
  • Module 7 Exercise

Module 8: Exploration of Needs

  • Social Needs
  • Habits for Social Happiness
  • John Bowlby (1907 - 1990)
  • Bowlby's Attachment Theory
  • Life Partners
  • Meaning
  • Accomplishments
  • Overcome Setbacks
  • Module 8 Exercise

Module 9: Positive Psychology as a Business

  • Professionalism
  • Workplace Positivity
  • Client Awareness!
  • Group Coaching
  • Individual Happiness Coaching
  • Marketing
  • Regulation
  • Insurance
  • Register as Self-Employed

Course Assessment

References and Resources

  • Books
  • Web Resources

Appendix: Planning Your Business

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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