Researchers on positive psychology have created an exercise that increases well-being and it’s as simple as this: by the end of the day, write down three things that went well and why.
What is positive psychology
Positive psychology is a science that has been flourishing for the last twenty decades. It is based on the assumption that psychology shouldn’t only focus on eliminating the illness but also increasing the well-being.
Traditional psychology has mainly been based in treating traumas and mental illnesses so that the individual gets to a normal (or zero) level. But according to positive psychologists, that is not enough. We should aim at a higher level of well-being. We all want to be happier, more accomplished, find meaning, strengthen our relationships, etc. That is what positive psychology is all about.
In the Authentic Happiness website (from the University of Pennsylvania) you will find lots of information and – my favourite part – access to free questionnaires about happiness, engagement, meaning and more. Totally recommend it. It’s eye-opening!
How does positive psychology help you fight stress
Stress is a psychological condition that can be treated. But once you are at level zero, you can still do more to increase your well-being so that you feel stronger and less inclined to get stressed again.
There are many exercises (or positive interventions, as positive psychologists call them) that you can do to be happier and lead a more wholesome life. But for now we will focus on the Three Blessings Exercise.
The Three Blessings Exercise
This exercise was created by Dr. Martin Seligman and it is extremely easy to follow:
Before going to sleep every night, write down three things that went well that day. They don’t need to be big things. They can be little things that made you happy or that made you smile, or simply that had a positive impact on you. Then write why they went well.
By doing so you focus on the positive aspects of your day instead of the negatives. After a while, it becomes a habit and your mind gets wired to have a more optimistic approach to your daily life. Studies show that after months of doing this exercise, your well-being increases and you feel overall more optimistic.
You can watch this video about this exercise for more insight 🙂
Time to share!
Tell us in the comment box below how this exercise is working for you. Do you find it easy to write three good things each day?