Archives for September, 2012
There are many positive psychology exercises individuals can practice to boost their well-being and help them achieve their goals. The Best Possible Self exercise is one of the stronger happiness exercises because it has good research support (see below) and people tend to find the exercise captivating and at the least, illuminating. This exercise has been shown to boost people’s positive emotions, happiness levels, optimism, hope, improve coping skills, and elevate positive expectations about the future. It involves two basic steps:
Research studies have shown that if a therapist focuses on their client’s strengths prior to a therapy session (called “resource priming”) that a number of positive outcomes unfold. These include: Improved therapy outcomes Higher use of strengths in the session A stronger practitioner-client relationship More experiences of accomplishment (sense of mastery)
As a member of a team, consider these two possible scenarios: 1.) You focus on your personal strengths and abilities. 2.) You focus on the strengths and abilities of your team. Which approach is more likely to perform better?