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Sheldon & Lyubomirsky, 2006: Visualizing best possible self and expressing gratitude increased positive mood and improved emotional states among college students

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Sheldon, K. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2006). How to increase and sustain positive emotion: The effects of expressing gratitude and visualizing best possible selves. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1(2), 73-82.
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Summary:

Asking college students to (1) reflect on things they are grateful for or (2) visualize their best possible selves once increased positive affect immediately as compared to a randomized control group. There was no effect on negative affect. People who reported continuing to use the best possible selves exercise 2 and 4 weeks later showed greater sustained positive affect.

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