How to increase and sustain positive emotion: The effects of expressing gratitude and visualizing best possible selves

  title={How to increase and sustain positive emotion: The effects of expressing gratitude and visualizing best possible selves},
  author={K. Sheldon and S. Lyubomirsky},
  journal={The Journal of Positive Psychology},
  pages={73 - 82}
  • K. Sheldon, S. Lyubomirsky
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Positive Psychology
  • A 4-week experimental study (N = 67) examined the motivational predictors and positive emotion outcomes of regularly practicing two mental exercises: counting one's blessings (“gratitude”) and visualizing best possible selves (“BPS”). In a control exercise, participants attended to the details of their day. Undergraduates performed one of the three exercises during Session I and were asked to continue performing it at home until Session II (in 2 weeks) and again until Session III (in a further… CONTINUE READING
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