Daoism and Positive Psychology

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TitleDaoism and Positive Psychology
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsDavis, D.
Conference NameSixth International Conference on Daoist Studies: Daoism Today: Science, Health, Ecology
Date Published2010/06/02/
KeywordsConference Paper, Sixth International Daoist Studies Conference

This presentation discusses the importance and relevance to the modern world of Daoism as a system of beliefs and practices that promote health and longevity. Because the West has a long history of scientific exploration and prefeence for scientific validation of new practices related to health and well-being, we identify several fruitful areas for the scientific study of Daoist practices that may speed their adoption in the West.We focus in particular on the relationship between Daoism and a new approach in Western psychology called positive psychology, which seeks to identify the factors that contribute to human flourishing and well-being. We discuss points of convergence between theory and practice in positive psychology and Daoism and suggest potential areas for future research. We discuss in detail the importance of positive thoughts and positive emotions in fostering health and wellness and the manner in which Daoist inspired practices can enhance them.