17 Positive Psychology Exercises

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Positive psychology is the study of what is going right with people and how to use those insights and tools to help people not only cope, but thrive.

It has advanced the field of psychology beyond human problems and pathology to human flourishing.

We created this signature collection of 17 Positive Psychology Exercises (PDF) for professionals to leverage the best science-based tools the field has to offer to increase the wellbeing of others.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • Daily Exceptions Journal

    Help your clients become aware of what they are doing right to manage a particular problem and to highlight their strengths and move away from problem-focused thinking.

  • Rewriting the Narrative with Humor

    This tool aims to promote emotional well-being and resilience in your clients by rewriting a previously embarrassing or shameful narrative with humor.

  • The Metaphor of David

    Provide an analogy for the process through which positive interventions aim to increase authenticity.

  • Analysing Environmental Strengths

    Increase awareness of the strengths of client’s social environment.

  • The Best Possible Team

    Develop a new, shared understanding of a team functioning at its best and increase the team members’ optimism.

  • Writing About Intensely Positive Experiences

    Help your clients increase their mood by writing about a positive experience for three consecutive days.

  • The Wheel of Life

    Assess your client’s perceived satisfaction/dissatisfaction with the different domains of life.

  • Exploring Flow Experiences

    Help your clients bring awareness to the moments of experiencing a flow- state.

  • Random Acts of Kindness

    Help your clients increase their well-being by consciously performing acts of kindness.

  • Chasing Happiness

    Help your clients become aware of the impact bias and the implications of faulty affective forecasting for well-being.

  • Getting off the Hedonic Treadmill

    Help your clients become aware of the well-known happiness inhibiting process: hedonic adaptation.

  • Positive Reminiscence

    Help your clients develop the skill of savoring in order to build more positive emotions.

  • Using Photography to Increase Savoring

    Help your clients become aware of the positive aspects of their daily lives in a playful way.

  • Experiencing Awe

    Help your clients evoke and savor the feeling of awe.

  • Creating Savoring Rituals

    Help your clients deliberately create savoring rituals around small, everyday moments of pleasure.

  • Doors Closed Doors Open

    Help your clients become aware that the end of something is also the beginning of something new.

  • The Strengths Wheel

    Create a graphical representation of the potential use of the existing strengths of your clients.

This pack contains the 17 highest rated positive psychology 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 psychology 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. Steve Costello

    I was very pleased to discover the 17 positive psychology tools. I’ve been using tools like these for many years and have forgotten or lost many. It’s refreshing to be able to pick up these tools and put them to instant use. They are exceptionally well-presented and enable me to devote more time to the needs of my clients rather than searching for resources.

    Steve Costello CEO

  2. Arzu Ozkose

    The tools were very profound for a coaching session and also for further work of the client’s self-transformation.

    Arzu Ozkose Life Coach

  3. Alain Dumonceaux

    I was looking for tools that would help me with my journey of becoming the best man I can be. The positive psychology exercises come with more than just the exercises. The explanations and tips provided helped guide me to creating deeper outcomes. I highly recommend the tools.

    Alain Dumonceaux Founder

  4. Laura Rivchun

    The 17 Positive Psychology Exercises is a wonderful resource to help manage life’s challenges and develop positive behavior and the tools to get you there. They’re useful for therapists, counselors, coaches when working with clients. And they’re extremely helpful and relatable for any individual who is looking to live a happier, healthier emotional life!

    Laura Rivchun Career Coach

  5. Irene Forti

    Great materials! Very helpful with different types of clients.

    Irene Forti Coaching Psychologist and Business Consultant

  6. Sonia Rignall

    I have found these positive psychology exercises incredibly valuable for myself and my clients. It has provided insightful moments for my coaching clients and enabled me to explore alternative reflections and avenues for understanding.

    Sonia Rignall Director

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