So, how does society define a ‘good mother’? “Children don’t come with a manual and their wants and needs are individual. It is important to think about our values. We can often be caught up with the hustle and bustle of life and the ‘rules’ associated with raising children. Children are to be raised, uplifted, encouraged to grow and explore their world with safety and confidence,” says Dr Carter.
Positive psychology is a growing, research-based field of study which extends beyond recovering from mental illness, to helping people thrive.
By focusing on what is good in our lives, and on positive states such as awe, contentment, optimism, wisdom, joy, courage and love, we are more likely to experience growth and happiness, and to achieve an optimal level of functioning.