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In time for Thanksgiving - The power of gratitude and other positive psychology strategies.

This article comes from the link below - please visit this website to see the article in its entirety: https://positivepsychology.com/positive-psychotherapy-exercises-sessions-worksheets/

 

One of the simplest yet most effective exercises in positive psychology is a gratitude journal. Evidence has shown that developing gratitude for the things in your life that you may otherwise take for granted, can have a big impact on your outlook and satisfaction with your life (Davis et al., 2016; Sheldon & Lyubomirsky, 2006).

The practice of keeping a gratitude journal is quite simple and easy to explain to a client who might need a boost in positive emotions. [To begin]

  1. Get a notebook or journal that you can dedicate to this practice every day.

  2. Every night before bed, write down three things that you were grateful for that day.

  3. Alternatively, you can write down five things that you were grateful for on a weekly basis.

  4. Think of particular details from the day or week, rather than something broad or non-specific (i.e., “the warm sunshine coming through the window this afternoon” rather than “the weather" 

For more positive psychology journaling tools (e.g., Design a Beautiful Day and Self-Esteem Journal), please visit the website listed above.

 

 

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