For many people the term �positive psychology� will draw a blank. For others, it will spark interest or even create excitement. Such is the current status of the field in New Zealand (NZ), and to a lesser extent, internationally. However, positive psychology has progressed substantially in its short 12 year history. I describe positive psychology, briefly review its development and history, outline a selection of current teaching and research in NZ, summarise its status within the wider government sector, and highlight a few interesting findings from the field to date. I also review trends in contemporary research and speculate as to where the field is heading in the future.
Jarden, A. (2010). Flourish and thrive: An overview and update on positive psychology in New Zealand and internationally. Psychology Aotearoa, 4, 17-23.