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Positive Activities for Behavioral Activation

The first step of behavioral activation is to identify several activities that are both easy and rewarding. These will serve as replacements for unhealthy behaviors that may have taken over during a depressive episode. It's important to be sure that their chosen activities rank highly in both of these categories (ease and reward) to increase the likelihood that clients will be successful. This worksheet provides a simple template for clients to list and rank activities in the areas of ease and reward to maximize their rate of success.

If you would like to learn more about behavioral activation, read our guide on the subject.

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1. Dimidjian, S., Hollon, S. D., Dobson, K. S., Schmaling, K. B., Kohlenberg, R. J., Addis, M. E., ... & Atkins, D. C. (2006). Randomized trial of behavioral activation, cognitive therapy, and antidepressant medication in the acute treatment of adults with major depression. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 74(4), 658.

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