Sunday, 16 September 2007

Positive Interventions - Gratitude

A new slant on the Gratitude Diary.

There is empirical research to suggest that writing a Gratitude Diary is an effective positive intervention; most studies to date have concentrated on writing a Gratitude Diary on a daily or weekly basis; we have blogged about this before, in March, June and August. Today a friend and fellow UEL MAPP student, Paul Marshall, sent me this five minute gratitude video, with the suggestion that you download it onto your ipod and play it every morning in order to enhance well-being.

I'm not sure if it will be as effective as writing down what you're grateful for, because the act of writing in itself is known to be extremely important in processing information, however, why not give it a try for a week and let us know whether you notice any difference in your level of well-being?

P.S. Sometimes the Gratitude Diary intervention is referred to as 'Counting Your Blessings'. If you're considering using it with a coaching client, you might want to think about what to call it beforehand as there are religious/spiritual connotations to the latter which may not be suitable in your particular situation.

1 comment:

Melanie Crowe said...

I really love the idea of a gratitude diary or blog. In fact I may well do a posting every week on my blog entitled "things I'm grateful for this week" and encourage people to add comments on what they're grateful for. It makes such a change from focussing on the negative - something which just comes naturally to most people. I think they say you have to perform an action a certain number of times (maybe you can help me out with this one) before it becomes a habit. So maybe by writing down what we're grateful for on a regular basis will make positive thinking habitual.