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Life Story
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Life Story

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This worksheet was inspired by positive psychology, but also has elements of narrative and art therapies. During this activity, you will ask your clients to write a life story in three parts: the past, present and future. In positive psychology, life stories are used to help clients develop a sense of meaning, which has been found to contribute to fulfillment...
Core Beliefs
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Core Beliefs

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Each of our clients have had unique experiences that shape who they are. Cognitive behavioral therapists posit that from these life experiences, people develop core beliefs. Core beliefs are the thoughts a person has that determine how they interpret their experiences. For example, if someone has the core belief that "The world is a bad place", they will believe that people who are kind have an ulterior motive (someone being kind without reason just doesn't line up with their world view)...
Challenging Negative Thoughts
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Challenging Negative Thoughts

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Teach your clients to challenge their negative thoughts and self-talk using this CBT worksheet. In this worksheet your client will be asked to take a step back and consider their situation and thoughts from a new perspective, such as that from a friend. Each question is designed to lead your client to look at their negative thoughts more objectively...
Self-Esteem Journal
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Self-Esteem Journal

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Positive journaling has been found to help improve feelings of wellbeing and self-esteem. With this self-esteem worksheet, your clients will be asked to record three daily questions related to their successes, good qualities, and positive experiences. This worksheet is great for clients who have difficulty generating ideas for positive experiences to journal about...
Gratitude Exercises
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Gratitude Exercises

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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...
Gratitude Journal
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Gratitude Journal

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Several studies have show strong positive link between gratitude journaling and well-being (for one, see Emmons, R. A. & McCullough, M. E., 2003). Ask your client to spend a few minutes each evening recording five things that were good about their day. Of course, your client will want to include big things like receiving a promotion or acing a test, but remind them that the little things are important too...
Coat of Arms / Family Crest
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Coat of Arms / Family Crest

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Use this coat of arms printout as an artistic prompt. Ask your client to draw, paint, or use any other medium to represent themselves in each of the shield's quadrants. Tailor the topics to the client or group. For example, a client dealing with family issues can depict their role in the family in one section, something that makes their family special in another section, and a family tradition in another section...
Positive Traits
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Positive Traits

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If you have a client who has difficulty recognizing the good in themselves, this worksheet might be just what you need. This is, quite simply, a list of 58 positive traits. Try getting creative with this one. Encourage your client to circle their own positive traits to begin building self-esteem. Ask them to share a story about some times they have displayed these traits, or just let them take the list home to keep as a reminder of their positive qualities...
Positive Experiences
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Positive Experiences

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Help your clients improve their self-esteem and positive thoughts by having them identify times when they have displayed various different positive qualities. This worksheet asks your client to write about a time that they showed courage, kindness, selflessness, love, sacrifice, wisdom, happiness, and determination...
Positive Steps to Wellbeing
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Positive Steps to Wellbeing

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Give your clients a nice looking take-home reminder of some exercises to increase wellbeing. This printout is great for clients who are self-motivated and want a list of ideas to get them moving toward their goal of happiness. The tips that are described include being kind to yourself, exercising regularly, taking up a hobby, being creative, helping others, relaxing, eating healthy, balancing sleep, connecting with others, avoiding drugs, seeing the bigger picture, and learning to accept things as they are.
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