Psychology of Positive Thinking
I really appreciate positive psychology because the concept and activities are simple, yet applicable and effective 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.
Being a child therapist, I LOVE GAMES! I must first share these games and tools I found on Amazon to teach our children, and clients, and even ourselves the art of positive thinking. I ordered several myself already and can’t wait to show you!! Please order some for your own use and send in a video or review for the readers and I! I get really excited about these things 🙂
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
Reflect on your day and identify 3 good things that happened to you.
- Keep a journal to write down your observations each day.
- When it’s most convenient for you, write down a minimum of 3 positive things from your day. This can be something as simple as enjoying the warm sun on your face as you walk into work, or life changing, such as being thankful a tumor was benign.
- Be consistent! At least 2 weeks please.
- My guess is that seeing the positive and beauty in your everyday life will become habit.
Follow-up processing (make this activity even more effective!):
- What stood out to you about this positive observation? In other words, why write it down?
- Is this a positive thing that you can acknowledge often?
- Can you pass this observation along to others?
I suggest processing these every day or once a week. Chose from one or more of the positive things you recorded in your journal and answer these questions. I realize time is a factor for most of us, but I do believe just a little bit of this reflection and practice will bring more productivity and joy to your mood.
This activity is 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.
- Positive Mindset Journal For Teachers: Year of Happy Thoughts, Inspirational Quotes, and Reflections for a Positive Teaching Experience (Academic Edition)
- Building Happiness, Resilience and Motivation in Adolescents: A Positive Psychology Curriculum for Well-Being
- Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness
- 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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