Positive Psychology v Positive Intelligence

Positive Psychology researchers have shown that individuals get stuck at their “baseline happiness” levels, meaning that greater achievements and wealth only temporarily improve happiness before falling back to baseline. Conversely, while success doesn’t lead to greater happiness, a happier brain is more creative, resourceful and resilient and does lead to greater performance and success.

What we contribute to this research is that your baseline happiness level is determined by the relative strength of your Sage versus your Saboteurs―i.e, your Positive Intelligence. If you want to increase your happiness permanently, you must improve your Positive Intelligence Quotient (PQ).

Why does happiness matter to law students? Here “happiness” is a term used to encompass Performance, Success and Achievement. It’s clear that our ability to achieve our potential changes depending on mood, circumstances, and motivation. Improving PQ is directly linked to improvements in achievement.