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Seligman et al., 2005: Reflecting on positive events and identifying signature strengths increased happiness and reduced depressive symptoms among website visitors for six months

Reference:

Seligman, M. E., Steen, T. A., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive psychology progress: empirical validation of interventions. American psychologist, 60(5), 410.
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Summary:

Asking visitors to a website on “happiness exercises” (1) to “write down three things that went well each day and their causes every night for a week” or (2) to take an online survey of “character strengths,” where they received individualized feedback on their top five strengths, and were then asked to “use one of these top strengths in a new and different way every day for one week,” as compared to writing down early memories every day for a week, increased happiness and reduced depressive symptoms over six months.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Psychological Question Addressed

Do I think and feel positively about myself?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Do I think and feel positively about myself?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018