Join our friend Lisa Payne aka LeeLee – a Life Navigator and a stage 4 colon cancer survivor – for a Positive Psychology exercise during the holiday season.
Get out those journals and pens, and journal with us from Wednesday, Nov. 22 until New Year’s Day. This 41-day journaling experience will be a special opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings surrounding the holiday season.
What is positive Psychology?
“Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. It aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive.” (Seligman, 2002)
Journaling Tips from Lisa:
- Before you begin writing, take a few moments to relax and pay attention to your breath
- Breathe in slowly through your nose and hold for 3-5 seconds
- Now, gently exhale through your mouth and hold again for 3-5 seconds
- With each inhale and exhale, notice the air as it flows in and out of your lungs
- Notice your chest as it gently expands and contracts
Please note that you determine the pace of writing. Write when it feels right for you and feel free to skip prompts. If you wish to skip a prompt, leave the journal pages empty and return to them in your own time.
As you write in your journal, remember to:
- Create a comfortable, safe space for your journaling where you are unlikely to be disturbed by others. Turn off your phone.
- Do not censor yourself. Be honest – you are writing only for yourself. No one else will have access to your journal unless you want them to.
- Be kind to yourself. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, take a break and resume writing when you feel ready to do so.
- There is no wrong way to journal; you can write however it feels right to you. For example, you might prefer to write in complete sentences, short paragraphs, or a continuous flow of thoughts.
Words of Wisdom from Lisa:
“Enjoy your journaling and, most of all, practice self-care and hug yourself daily.”