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Positive Psychology Takes Over the Coaching Industry

Coaches are increasingly turning to positive psychology as a way to help their clients improve their well-being, enhance their strengths, and achieve their goals. In fact, positive psychology is now the third most frequently used approach in coaching, according to Palmer and Whybrow (2017).


Recently, Paláez et al. (2020) conducted a study in Spain to align positive psychology with coaching by studying work engagement and performance. The study found that participants showed significant increases in both work engagement and job performance after a short-term coaching intervention that followed a strengths-based 'REGROW' model (Linley et al., 2010; Grant, 2011).

The 'Best Possible Self' exercise (Peters et al., 2010), a strengths-based visualisation activity, was a specific and exciting element of the coaching program in this study, which demonstrated its broad applicability in a range of settings.

These findings reinforce the use of positive psychology in coaching and support the use of coaching to improve well-being and optimal functioning across organisations. However, it's important to note that this is frontier research and the first of its kind, and therefore more research is needed to consolidate the use of short-term, strengths-based coaching for improving job performance and well-being.

Overall, positive psychology is a valuable approach in coaching that can help individuals develop their strengths and achieve their goals. Coaches who use this approach, like here at The Educational Coach, can help their clients cultivate a growth mindset, build confidence, and overcome limiting beliefs to reach their full potential.

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