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Therapy worksheets related to Positive Psychology for all demographics

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Gratitude Exercises
Gratitude Exercises
Research in positive psychology indicates that those who practice gratitude have lower self-reported levels of depression and stress, and they're more satisfied with their social relationships. Not only that, but the effects can be long-lasting.

This worksheet summarizes a few exercises to help clients begin practicing gratitude. They include journaling, writing a gratitude letter, visiting and expressing thanks to someone who is important, and more.
Related tools: Gratitude Journal
Gratitude Journal
Gratitude Journal
Several studies have show a link between gratitude and well-being (for one, see Emmons, R. A. & McCullough, M. E., 2003). This worksheet will act as a reminder and a guideline for clients who may be journaling for the first time.
Related tools: Gratitude Exercises
Relationship Building: Shared Qualities
Relationship Building: Shared Qualities
Use this worksheet to encourage a couple to work together. The couple will be asked to identify common values, goals, and positive experiences from their relationship. The goal of this worksheet is to place focus on positive interactions.
My Partner's Qualities
My Partner's Qualities
This worksheet is designed to be used in couples counseling to emphasize the positive qualities of a relationship. Each individual should complete the worksheet, and then share their responses with their partner.
Coat of Arms / Family Crest
Coat of Arms / Family Crest
Use this coat of arms worksheet as an artistic prompt. Clients draw, paint, or use any other medium to represent themselves in each of the shield's quadrants. Tailor the topics to the client. For example, a client dealing with family issues can represent their role in the family in one section, something that makes their family special in another section, and a family tradition in another section. Ask clients to title their shield in the banner at the bottom.
Positive Traits
Positive Traits
Be creative with this list of positive traits. Encourage the clients to circle their own traits to build self-esteem. They can share a story about a time they displayed these traits, or they can keep the worksheet to review. Alternatively, use this worksheet to identify desired traits that can be further developed for goal setting.
Positive Experiences
Positive Experiences
Help clients increase positive thoughts by encouraging them to focus on their own positive experiences. Use this tool to aid in self-exploration, self-esteem, or as an icebreaker for a group.
Positive Steps to Wellbeing
Positive Steps to Wellbeing
Quick tips to help a client improve their mood and wellbeing.
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My Strengths and Qualities
My Strengths and Qualities
Help clients recognize their positive qualities and strengths by identifying their skills, compliments they have received, challenges they have overcome, and what they like about their appearance. Use this worksheet to strengthen self-esteem.
How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation
How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation
Research has linked mindfulness meditation with reduced anxiety, more positive emotions, and, with enough practice, permanent structural changes in the brain that sustain these benefits. This education packet defines mindfulness and its benefits, and then gives instructions on how to begin practicing.
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