17 Positive Communication Exercises

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Good communication is key when it comes to positive social interaction. 

Whether it’s in the workplace, classroom, home, or with a romantic partner, healthy and effective communication offers relationship-boosting benefits, building trust, empathy, and respect.

We created this collection of 17 Positive Communication Exercises (PDF) for professionals to help others improve their communication skills and enjoy deeper, healthier, and more productive relationships.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • Practicing Empathic Listening

    Help your clients to practice three core components of empathic listening: pausing/wait time, paraphrasing, and reflecting feelings.

  • Strengths- and Values-Based Introductions

    Help your clients introduce themselves to others in a meaningful way by sharing information about their strengths and values.

  • Apologizing Effectively

    Help your clients formulate an effective apology by satisfying the needs of the offended person.

  • Mindless versus Mindful Listening

    Help your clients practice and experience mindful and unmindful communication through listening and talking exercises.

  • Basic Need Satisfaction through Communication

    Help train your clients in using communication styles that promote basic needs satisfaction and facilitate behavioral change.

  • Brief Non-Violent Communication Exercises

    Help your clients familiarize themselves with non-violent communication and allow them to practice this.

  • The Four-Step Non-Violent Communication Process

    This tool provides an overview of the four-step non-violent communication process, which can help your clients increase empathy and compassion in communication.

  • Making an Effective Request for Action

    Help your clients formulate effective action requests with the use of this tool.

  • Universal Needs Inventory

    Help your clients identify and communicate their personal needs.

  • Active-Constructive Responding

    Help your clients increase awareness of how one’s reactions to the good news of others can affect their wellbeing.

  • Three Loving Connections

    Increase the experience of love within your clients by seeking out three meaningful interactions and reflecting on them.

  • Giving Negative Feedback Positively

    Teach your clients to deliver negative feedback in a way that is constructive and conducive to well-being, rather than harsh and judgmental

  • Small Talk to Build Connection

    The goal of this tool is to help clients feel socially connected by making small talk with a stranger.

  • Setting Boundaries in Difficult Conversations

    Help your clients feel more capable and less fearful when they need to verbally set personal boundaries.

  • My Boundary Response Plan

    Help your clients create a habit of regulating their emotions during stressful communication situations to stay calm and verbally set personal boundaries

  • Listening Without Trying to Solve

    Help your clients understand the difference between listening to a personal problem with and without trying to solve it, in order to learn which is the more beneficial approach.

  • Fast Friends

    Help your clients to facilitate the formation of connection and closeness between people.

This pack contains the 17 highest rated positive communication tools that our practitioners use for their own development, in coaching, for teaching, or in a therapeutic setting. Each of the tools has been created in collaboration with universities and experts around the world. 

All of the tools are rooted in science, draw from the latest research and insights from the field of positive psychology, and include references, practical advice, and a detailed description of how to use them.

Download them today to become a positive communication expert, better help others, and grow your practice.

*Please note that these tools are also included in our Positive Psychology Toolkit.

The following experts create our tools and resources:

  • Alicia Nortje


  • Anna K. Schaffner


  • Claire Vowell


  • Elaine Houston

    B.Sc. (Hons)

  • Gabriella Lancia


  • Heather S. Lonczak


  • Hugo Alberts


  • Jeffrey J. Gaines


  • Jeremy Sutton


  • Jessica Swainston


  • Joshua Bourne


  • Joshua Schultz


  • Lucinda Poole


  • Maike Neuhaus


  • Melissa Madeson


  • Nicole Celestine


  • Oliver Page


  • Tchiki Davis


Yes, of course! While these tools were designed with practitioners in mind, they are written in an accessible way so that anyone can benefit from them.

Upon purchase, you will receive access to a .zip file containing all the tools as PDFs. If you have any difficulty accessing the tools, please contact us at info@positivepsychology.com.

This can vary a lot from one exercise to another. As a general rule, most take around 30 minutes to complete but can take longer if more reflection is required. Some tools take place over a longer period of time, such as a week.

The tools can be adapted for the self, individuals, groups, teams, and different client populations. You are free to use your own experience and expertise to adapt the tools to your own particular scenario.

Yes, but in order to promote good practice, please note that you are advised to use the tools within the boundaries of your professional expertise. For instance, if you are a certified clinician, you are advised to use the training within clinical psychology. Likewise, a school teacher may use the tools in the classroom, but it would not be advisable to use them for clinical populations.

The exercises and interventions aren’t specifically designed for any particular age group, but you can adapt any of them so that they are suitable and age-appropriate.

The vast majority are, yes. Every tool has an icon that indicates whether it has been tested at least once in a scientific study and published in a peer-reviewed journal. We always include references and credits for each tool. The tool developers are academics with scientific and experiential backgrounds.

You’re free to download these tools in PDF format and print them for your personal or professional use, such as in a coaching or classroom setting. You’re not allowed to publish these tools publicly.

Within seven days of your purchase, if you decide that the tools aren’t for you, we’ll be happy to offer a refund.

Absolutely! Send Lucy, our Practitioner Success Manager an email at lucy@positivepsychology.com and she will gladly take care of you. Alternatively, you can call us on 1-424-272-1280 (our working hours are 9am-6pm EST, Monday - Friday). We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Llanah Cherkis

    Very detailed and informative. The information was very easy to understand. The content is wonderful.

    Llanah Cherkis Life Coach

  2. Timofey Tselykh

    Very high quality and superbly structured tools! They can be used when working with a variety of client inquiries. A perfect set for daily work in psychological counseling.

    Timofey Tselykh Counselor

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