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What’s right with You?

posted 8 May 2015, 04:53 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 2 Aug 2018, 08:14 ]
By JoAnn Bayus

During my training to become a psychologist, I learned all about psychological assessment and the many ways to identify what is “wrong” with people. I often felt disheartened by this. Then I learned about the field of Positive Psychology and was overjoyed.

Positive Psychology focuses on what is RIGHT with people, which is much more in line with my thinking. The field is relatively new and looks to help people lead happier, more fulfilled lives. I have spent the last 11 years studying the power of positivity and have conducted many presentations about how focusing on people’s strengths can be life altering.

I am not suggesting that we should ignore real disorders or problems. What I am suggesting is that many people can improve their current situation by focusing on their strengths and accomplishments.

Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Positive Psychology guru and one of my favorite authors, has developed numerous activities intended to increase people’s happiness. A favorite, and easy exercise to start with, is the Three-Good-Things exercise. Here’s how it works…

Every day for a week, write down three good things that happened. Your selections can be big or small…it is all up to you. Next to each of your three events, write (1) “Why did the good thing happen?” and (2) “How can you have more of this good thing in the future?”

Try it for a week and see how you feel!