So currently I am taking a Fundamentals of Counseling course for my major. It is very interesting to learn about the different theories on how to help people. People of all different types, with all different challenges, that need help getting through the day to day.
One type we have been talking about is called positive psychology. Now this is definitely not my favorite theory out there, I think sometimes we have to go deeper into some of the issues, but the basics of thankfulness and appreciation can make major improvements in daily life. This theory focuses on the “positives,” and being thankful.
My professor (Amy Cain wooh!) even related the concepts back to Scripture. How often does the Lord ask us to give praise, and to serve, and to rest. All component positive psychology uses in therapy. Some of the homework positive psychologist give clients I wanted to share. I decided to challenge myself to do this, and thought some of you out there could benefit as well!
1. Go through each day this week, and write down 5 good things that happened. For instance, discuss accomplishments, something that was fun, a time you felt proud, a time you helped someone else, etc.
2. Tell someone this week that you are thankful for them. Say it and write it.
3. Go for a walk (because it is so nice and beautiful out!) and be appreciative of your surroundings. (You can read some of my old blog posts about finding joy in the ordinary, a scriptural idea used in a secular psychology theory)
The more objective psychology student in me wants to say that there is not enough research and this approach does not necessarily go down into the root of the problem. There are definitely those cases where you may need to go deeper than just “feeling good” and being positive. But I think these ideas are scriptural, to show praise and to be thankful. So maybe try it out
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