Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Positive psychology for improved wellbeing

It is a common human trait to dwell on things that go wrong rather than those that go right and  traditional psychology tends to focus on specific issues and problems too. However, since the late 1990s, a new branch of psychology which finds its roots in the humanistic approach has been gaining in popularity.

Positive psychology, as it is known, aims to help individuals and even organisations identify effective strategies which allow them to thrive, find and nurture genius and talent and make life more fulfilling. Coaches, therapists, counsellors, and even HR professionals, are using this new method to increase and sustain the well-being of individuals who are not necessarily suffering from mental ill health.

Below are some positive psychology coaching techniques, which can help to improve wellbeing:
  1. Three good things - at the end of each day, write down three good things that happened during the day. These do not have to be hugely significant events. They could be anything from a work colleague making you a cup of tea to a stranger holding open a door for you. 
  2. Gratitude visit - write a letter of thanks to a person in your life to whom you feel grateful but have never had the opportunity to express this gratitude. Once the letter is written, arrange to meet the person and read them your letter. 
  3. Savouring - this involves noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of life. Savouring encompasses different timeframes. If you enjoy anticipating future events then start planning early. If you enjoy reminiscing about the past then keep photos to remind you of past pleasures. However, if you enjoy experiencing the present then mindfulness is a good technique to keep your attention focused on the here and now.
If you would like more details about our coaching services for yourself or your organisation or you would like to book an initial coaching session with us, please contact your local first psychology centre:

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