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Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking back at our accomplishments, and forward toward our goals, can be a rewarding activity. Research in positive psychology tells us that focusing on our good experiences, and imagining our "best possible self" can be one step toward building happiness.

This worksheet is a good fit with a wide range of clients. However, we especially recommend it for clients who are starting a new life stage, such as graduating from college, having children, or entering retirement. Try to highlight your clients' strengths that helped them overcome challenges, and discuss how they can be of value in the future.

Research: Become more optimistic by imagining a best possible self (2011).

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