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How can inducing positive emotions through positive psychology interventions reduce the effects of depression, anxiety, and trauma?

This paper considers a total of 20 research studies targeted at using positive psychology interventions to shift negative emotions to positive emotions, and reviewed their outcomes from a mental health standpoint. The paper posits that positive psychology interventions are an effective way to reduce the distress of anxiety and trauma and most prominently depression. Positive emotions generate positive memories and post traumatic growth, as well as aiding coping.

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What is the role of character traits in managing anxiety, trauma and depression through positive psychology?

This paper investigates positive psychology as a new science and how positive character traits might be used in managing depression, anxiety, and trauma. It does this by reviewing the outcomes of 10 research studies targeted at strengthening character traits to improve mental health.

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