I really appreciate positive psychology because the concept and activities are simple yet applicable to so many areas of life. You don’t need a psych background to use the worksheets and resources I’ve listed below. One of the most extensive online resources is a link from PositiveDisintegration.com. I am impressed with the wealth of information on this site.
What is Positive Psychology?
According to the Positive Psychology Center:
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
A Favorite Exercise
Three Good Things: Reflect on your day and identify 3 good things that happened to you.
This is a simple example of a technique in positive thinking. I like it because it’s easy to apply, and I have found that it works in my own life, and some of my clients even report they enjoyed it so much they want to continue, even after the two weeks I recommend.
- How did this good thing happen to you?
- What strengths did you deploy to contribute to the good thing happening?
- What does it mean to you?
- How does it help you in the future?
- Positive Psychology for Teachers
- Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing, 2nd ed
- The Power of Positive Thinking
- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principals of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
- Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology To Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
- Online Course in Positive Psychology
- 12 Things Happy People Do Differently
- 2010 Studies in Positive Psychology
- Learn How To Be Happy
- Three Good Things
- Recalling Flow Experiences (i.e. “being in the zone”)
- Positive Traits
- Positive Experiences
- Personal Strengths and Qualities
- Forgiveness Letter
- 15-Minute Bounce Back from Stress and Anxiety
- Identify and Deal With Negative Beliefs
- Reframing the Situation
- Bedtime Blessings
- Reframing: Sugar vs Lemon
- Eliminating Grudges
- Positive Coping with Health Conditions
- The Smile Experiment
If you have additional resources to share, please leave a comment. I look forward to sharing more as I bulk up the resources portion of this blog!
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