This course is for you who are interested in learning more about positive psychology and how you can use it in your own life, personally. It is suitable for anyone who has an interest in learning more about the positive aspects of everyday life, positive strengths, and good qualities. It is also excellent for managers, teachers, parents, NLP Practitioners, coaches, hypnotherapists and all types of therapists and health professionals.


The course will introduce you to positive psychology and create an understanding of how knowledge about health factors affects the individual's function, well-being, quality of life and health. You will work with personal tasks that will support you as an individual, your resources, knowledge, skills, and competence.



Learning objectives

After completing the course, you will be able to:


  • describe and explain the concept of positive psychology
  • describe and explain how positive psychology can contribute to an understanding of the concept of happiness and well-being
  • understand how and explain how nature and the environment can be used to create quality of life and health
  • reflect and understand how positive psychology can contribute to increased quality of life, positive emotions, and life satisfaction




Positive psychology focuses on human resources and competence and focuses on scientifically studying the factors that contribute to positive emotions and behavior as well as human ability for happiness, health, and quality of life.



Positive Psychology in Practice

Positive psychology has its roots in humanistic psychology and focuses on happiness and self-realization. Martin Seligman introduced the concept and is considered the father of the modern positive psychology movement.


Thought processes that affect our emotional states vary greatly from person to person. The ability to handle negative inner dialogue can provide strong positive gains for life mastery. Seligman has identified goals for positive psychology: families and schools that allow children to grow, workplaces that aim for satisfaction and high productivity, and that teach others about positive psychology.


Positive psychology is concerned with three factors:


  • positive emotions - to be happy with their past, to love the present and have hope for the future
  • positive individual traits - to focus on one's strengths and virtues.
  • positive institutions - strengthening conditions that improve the community



Electronic submissions

You can study online at your own pace, from home or wherever you are. All submissions are made electronically.


Certificate of participation

Certificates of participation are issued from the Nordic Coach & NLP Academy (NOCNA) after an approved course with accompanying submissions. It is about 50 hours of work in total, and you decide the pace of study yourself. You can use anything from 2 weeks to 1 year to complete the course after registration.



Course literature (compulsory)

Associated resources on the online learning platform

Seligman, M. (2003). Authentic happiness (in English). Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing




English. We do have the course also in Norwegian, and you can find it on our Norwegian page www.nocna.no.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to the course in Positive Psychology

    • Welcome to the Positive Psychology Course

    • Assignment 1 Positive Psychology - Start

    • Assignment 2 Positive Psychology - Introduction

  • 2


    • What is Positive Psychology?

    • What does Positive Psychology focus on?

    • About Martin Seligman

    • The development of positive psychology

  • 3


    • Benefits of Positive Psychology

    • Studies and Research in Positive Psychology

    • Theory and Concepts in Positive Psychology

    • Positive Psychology in Coaching

    • The PERMA Model

    • The GIVE Model for building a positive identity

    • Flow and Flourishing

    • Assignment 3 Positive Psychology – Theory, Models and Concepts

  • 4


    • Positive Psychology in Practice

    • A Gratitude Journal

    • Experience Sampling Method

    • Gratitude by Mental Elimination

    • Making a Gratitude Visit

    • Sensory Awareness

    • A Letter of Self-compassion

    • Kindness Journal

    • The Self-Compassion Pause

    • Self-Awareness Questions for adults

    • Focus on Building Personal Strengths

    • Taking a Daily Vacation

    • The Best Possible Self

    • Positive Reminiscence

    • Daily Motivational Awareness

    • Finding a Benefit

    • Three positive things

    • Meaningful and Enjoyable Activities

    • Positive Experiences - Writing

    • Self-Care Vision Board

    • The Strengths Wheel

    • The Cycle of Thoughts and Feelings

    • The GLAD Technique

    • Three Minute Breathing Space

    • Mindfulness in the Moment - Tibetan Singing Bowl

    • Loving Kindness Meditation

    • Joyful Heart Meditation

    • Metaphor The Passengers on a Bus

    • Finding your character strenghts

    • Three funny things

    • Daily Mood Tracker

    • About Me -worksheet

    • Write Your Future Diary

    • Cultivate a Positive Outlook

    • Positive Psychotherapy

    • Wellbeing Therapy

    • Assignment 4 - Positive Psychology Exercises & Techniques in Practice

  • 5


    • Criticism of Positive Psychology

    • Assignment 5 – Criticism of Positive Psychology

  • 6


    • Assignment 6 – Authentic Happiness

  • 7


    • The Future of Positive Psychology

    • Implementation of Positive Psychology

    • Assignment 7 – The Future of Positive Psychology

  • 8


    • Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

    • Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

    • Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

    • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

    • The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want

    • Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails: A philosopher's simple guide to the psychology of joy, satisfaction, and a meaningful life

    • What You Can Change and What You Can't: The Complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement

    • Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

    • Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing (PSY 255 Health Psychology)

    • Positive Thinking: Easy self help guide: How to stop negative thoughts, negative self-talk, and reduce stress using the power of positive thinking, happiness, affirmations, and positive psychology

  • 9


    • What is Positive Psychology?

    • How To Be Happy - The Secret of Authentic Happiness - Martin Seligman

    • Living in flow - the secret of happiness with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at Happiness & Its Causes 2014

    • The new era of positive psychology | Martin Seligman

    • Positive Psychology with Martin Seligman

    • Martin Seligman - Wellbeing Before Learning; Flourishing students, successful schools

    • PERMA

    • Prof Seligman on PERMA

    • Martin Seligman - Creativity and Aging (Four Thought, Ideas at the House)

    • What is PERMA?

    • What Is Positive Psychology & How It Differs From Positive Thinking - Dr Dani Gordon

    • An Experiment in Gratitude | The Science of Happiness

    • We can build a state of wellbeing with positive psychology | Gabrielle Kelly | TEDxAdelaide

    • Educating For Happiness and Resilience: Dr. Ilona Boniwell at TEDxHull Watch later Share

    • What is Positive Psychology?

    • The Top 5 Things You Might Not Know About Positive Psychology

    • Dr. Martin Seligman's Top Strengths

    • Highest strengths and psychological immunisation

    • VIA Signature Strengths™

    • The Future of Positive Psychology

    • Implementation of Positive Psychology

    • Martin Seligman 'Flourishing - a new understanding of wellbeing' at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

    • Panel: Martin Seligman, Ellen Langer, Ross Gittins - what is the measure of a flourishing life?

    • Positive Psychology in the Workplace: Thank God It's Monday!

    • Positive Psychology in Difficult Times

    • How can positive psychology help me stick to my goals?

    • Self-Esteem

    • Dr. Seligman's Definition of Optimism


Doctor of Metaphysics

Gillian Godtfredsen

Doctor of Metaphysics, PhD Holistic Life Coaching, Certified NLP Master Trainer, Registered Integrative Therapist, Registered Health Coach, Educational Developer, Certified Professional Coach, Mentor Trainer, Mindfulness Teacher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Time Line Therapy Practitioner. Board Member and NOCNA Head Coach "Help for self-help is the best help of all" says Gillian Godtfredsen who created the motto 40 years ago. She is the pioneer and entrepreneur who has founded The Paradigm Academy and NOCNA. The 6 most important signature strengths chosen by colleagues: vision, determination, discipline, strength, heartwarming.

The Academic

Melinda Merunada

PhD, Certified NLP Master Trainer, Masters Degree in Medical Science, Masters Degree in Public Health, Masters Degree in Adult Education and Education with Social Psychology, Physiotherapist, Registered Health Coach, Certified Life Coach, Certified Professional Coach, RYTA 500 Registered Yoga Teacher, Dancer, Advanced Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness- and Meditation Teacher, Mediator in NOCNA, the deputy chairman and chief trainer, "Academic and the eternal student it is me ....." says multi-professional Finnish Melinda. She is one of the world's most highly academically educated NLPers and is committed to quality in teaching. The 6 most important signature strengths chosen by colleagues: dedication, discipline, creativity, goal awareness, focused, conscientious ...

The Pilot

Elisabeth Tanum

Pilot, ATPL-A, Airline Captain, Certified NLP Trainer, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Business Coach, NLP Coach, Leadership Coach, Certified Hypnotherapist, Registered Health Coach, Sports Coach, Certified Business Coach. Elisabeth has long experience with management from the airline industry. At the age of 24, she became a professional pilot on Boeing 737. At the age of 30 she was appointed flight crew, and then held full responsibility for both aircraft, crew and passenger safety. Elisabeth is co-owner and board member of NOCNA. She is NLP Trainer and Certified Hypnotherapist has also been a teacher in child and youth school and has experience in sales. In addition, she has been an active athlete and football coach for children and youth. The 6 most important signature strengths chosen by colleagues: positive, solution-oriented, goal-conscious, courageous, humorous, accomplished.