Monday, June 14, 2010

A Positive Psychology Experiment

Martin Seligman and colleagues have found that people can increase their well-being by writing about a time when they were at their best and reflecting on this daily for a week.
The study demonstrated that people reported increased happiness. Doing this exercise also allows you to see what you are good at.

Think of a time when you were at your best, a time when you may have felt productive or happy. What were you doing? Who were you with? Recreate this time by writing about it in detail. If you don’t enjoy writing you could record yourself describing this time. For the next week review the story once every day and reflect on the strength/s identified. This may help you to use the particular strength to maximize your engagement at work and increase your well-being. You are also priming yourself to recreate a ‘at your best’ moment more often

(Seligman 2005 in Positive Psychology Progress. )

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