Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2016)
Positive psychology & English literature hand in hand
Author(s): Salma Javed, Sarah Javed
Abstract: Introduction: Positive psychology is a particular area of psychology which focuses mainly on how to help the humans in leading better, happy and a cheerful life. It is not like the other branches of psychology which deals with abnormal behavior and dysfunctions in humans. As a coin has two sides, we can say positive psychology is the happy side which centers on helping the human beings. Objectives set for the article were (i) Exploring aspects of positive psychology in Earnest Hemingway’s work. (ii) Exploring aspects of positive psychology in Robert Browning’s work. (iii) Exploring aspects of positive psychology in John Donne’s work. In order to fulfill the objectives detail analysis of John Donne’s poem “The Sun Rising”, Robert Browning’s poem “The Last Ride Together” and Ernest Hemingway’s novel “ The Old Man and the Sea”, was done. Conclusion: After going through these three literary pieces by eminent writers we can conclude that love, gratitude, courage and hope are some of the components which have a direct link with the positivity in a human being’s life.