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Recent research shows that regularly experiencing positive emotions like gratitude can help to create an 'upward spiral' allowing us to build up our resources and resilience. Whilst we will all experience ups and downs, focusing on the positive aspects of any situation wherever we can have a helpful impact on our wellbeing.   

Three good things

Research has shown that gratitude is important in determining how we feel psychologically and socially. It raises our overall satisfaction with life and helps us have a positive outlook. It has also been shown to reduce health issues and to help us cope with life’s difficulties. It could even increase our ability to achieve our goals.

As humans, we seem naturally to focus on what is wrong in our lives; often over-analysing things in our head. We are quick to notice even the smallest of problems, yet we rarely spend any time at all reflecting on the good things in our lives and in the world. These things are all too often forgotten or never noticed in the first place.

Practising gratitude is simple but can be very powerful. A technique called “Three Good Things” is a method invented by Positive Psychology pioneer Dr. Martin Seligman. In The Three Good Things method, there are three simple parts. The first part is to think of something good that happened to you or made you feel happy during your day. Then you write it down. Then you take some time to think about your role in creating that moment of goodness or happiness. That’s it! Try and come up with two or three things every day to feel the full benefit of the exercise.

Find an app to record your three good things: