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  • Writer's pictureSandy Jolles

Positive Psychology Exercises

According to Martin Seligman, a leading authority in the field of positive psychology, there are three exercises that have been shown to increase people's happiness levels. By practicing these three exercises below, take the time to notice how your actions affect your thinking:


Three Blessings

Before going to bed, write down three good things that happened during the day. Then write down why each of them happened, and why they brought you joy. You're welcome to continue reflecting on this as you drift to sleep.


Gratitude Visit

Think of someone who has done something important for you whom you have never properly thanked. In a letter, write down exactly what they did for you and the specific positive changes that occurred in your life because of their actions. Take care to write specific details. You're welcome to write it out on paper, or type it on the computer (use your own creativity). You have the option of sending this letter to them, via email or mail, or keeping it for when you may see this person in the future (post Coronavirus).


Signature Strengths

Write down five signature strengths about yourself. Think of examples when you've used these signature strengths in the past month, and commit to using your strengths in new ways this week.



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