Psychology was focused on treating, preventing and curing issues related to mental health and psychological behaviors for a long time. It was a model that was only focused on repair work and not on strengthening the factors which lead to the highest degree of growth and well-being.
In 1998, Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi helped popularize the concept of positive psychology and shifted the focus to studying a person's strengths instead of their weaknesses. If you are reading this article, then somewhere you have a deep desire to change some aspect of your life or enhance the quality of the life you are living now. Below, I share five simple yet powerful positive psychology tools that can help. Try to utilize these tools in sequence and spend one week practicing each.
No matter who you are, life brings moments in which someone hurts you. You may encounter trauma, abuse or pain. Keeping those emotions active inside you can cause real damage in the long-term. Research shows that there are numerous disadvantages of not forgiving people and many benefits come from forgiving those who have harmed us.
Action step: Week one is for practicing forgiveness. It's a simple process. Make a list of people who you wish to forgive. Write a letter to each one of them, describing in detail whatever you felt and went through. Then, also mention that you are forgiving them completely. Once done, you can simply burn the letters in an open area. Repeat this exercise throughout the week.