Psychology of Positive Thinking

psychology-of-positive-thinkingPositive Psychology

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.

Follow-up processing:

  1. How did this good thing happen to you?
  2. What strengths did you deploy to contribute to the good thing happening?
  3. What does it mean to you?
  4. How does it help you in the future?

Additional Resources 

Books:

Online:

Apps: 

Worksheets

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!

You may also want to check out information on my professional counseling and supervision services.

  • Liz

    As a fellow therapist I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your generosity in sharing so many useful and helpful interventions! I have incorporated many of them in my work with clients and found your Anger Management Activities for kids invaluable–in fact, looking for strategies of that type on the Internet is how I first found your website. The interventions listed on this post will also be very helpful. Thank you!

    • Liz, thank you for the encouraging comment! I thoroughly love our field and this blog so I am happy to pass along the resources that come my way. Thanks so much for stopping by and, again, for the comment! 🙂

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