Three Good Things is a sample activity for the Positive psychology chapter.
Three Good Things (TGT)
the mind and beliefs
Aim of the activity
The exercise “Three Good Things” also known as “Three Blessings” is intended to increase happiness and enhance wellbeing.
the adult educators
parents with kids
Originally developed by Dr. Martin Seligman (2012), the activity is a scientifically proven, powerful and effective method to redirect attention from the negative bias to a more positive mind-set.
Human beings unevenly spend much more time pondering negative experiences than positive ones. As a part of human evolution, when something seems to go wrong, humans tend to preoccupy their mental capacity in order to find solutions to any given challenge.
In the past, there may have been an evolutionary advantage to this way of thinking and it seems to be innate. Alas, for the contemporary era, this negative predisposition is mainly a source of excessive anxiety, depression, emotional disturbance, and general lack of wellbeing and mental clarity.
Three Good Things exercise is a form of end-of-the-day journaling exercise that will help shed a different and more positive light in recalling the events of the day. It prompts the individuals to mindfully cultivate gratitude, increase optimism and boost happiness within just one week of practice.
For more you can also follow the link provided below to watch the video, Dr. Martin Seligman describes the purpose and effects of TGT exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT2vKMyIQwc