Shedding Light in the Darkness

Three Blessings Exercise For Well Being


Dr. Martin Seligman is known as the father of positive psychology. He suggests a practice to increase well being – the three blessings or three good things exercise as a daily routine. Just before sleeping – think about three things that happened during the day that you are most grateful for, and why you believe they happened.

Seligman has conducted extensive research into positive psychology. Research indicates the amazing results from participating in these exercises. Completion of this daily exercise “increased happiness and decreased depressive symptoms.”  The positive effects–feeling happier and less depressed–were immediate and long-lasting.

Based on his findings, he recommends that you need to be specific about the things you are grateful for. Seligman says that it’s important to not only identify the “good thing” that happened, but also the cause.  Why did this happen?  Or why is this a good thing? If you received praise for something at work or school, is it because you did a good job? Because you put in a lot of time and effort on your project? If you set a new personal record for your 5k run, was it your lucky day, or did your training pay off?

He suggests it’s most powerful to write down the blessings.


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