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Focus On Gratitude With This Activity

Gratitude is one of the character strengths that is most connected with happiness. When you are going through a difficult time, attending to what is good in your life can shift your perspective and decrease negative emotions. Boost your strength of gratitude with our Three Good Things activity now.

How To Do It

  1. At the end of today, think back on the good things that occurred.
  2. Write down three things that went well and why they went well.
  3. Use the VIA Classification and look for the strengths that you/others used.

Why Do It

According to science, this Three Good Things exercise can help you overcome habituation to the good things in your life and increases the meaning in them. When you slow down to look at the details, you have a greater appreciation for the small things that matter.