17 Positive Relationships Exercises

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Wellbeing research shows that the key contributing factor to personal happiness is the social relationships we build. 

Moreover, having a positive and supportive network is essential in challenging times and one of the hallmark characteristics of highly resilient people.

We created this collection of 17 Positive Relationships Exercises (PDF) for professionals to help others form healthier, more nurturing, and life-enriching relationships.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • Givers, Takers, and Matchers

    Help your clients identify individuals in their social network who are givers, takers, and matchers.

  • Improving Expression and Understanding in Relationships

    Help your clients to improve communication between partners within a romantic relationship by improving the expression of feelings, increasing understanding, and replacing toxic patterns of relating with healthier communication.

  • Building the 5 Rituals of Connection

    Help your clients to create a sense of shared meaning and strengthen the emotional bond between partners in romantic relationships.

  • Interpersonal Savoring

    Help your clients to experiment with the experiences of intrapersonal versus interpersonal savoring.

  • Investing in Valued Relationships

    Help your clients increase their awareness of the relationships they value most and the extent to which they invest in these relationships.

  • Looking at Difficult People from a Strength Perspective

    Increase your clients’ awareness of negative thinking patterns about particular people and to help clients reframe the difficult behavior of others from a strength’s perspective.

  • Managing Toxic Relationships

    Help your clients identify toxic relationships in their lives and decide whether and how to move away from these relationships to lessen their negative effects.

  • Building Love Maps

    Help your clients in building and maintaining happier, more stable relationships.

  • Mindfully Meeting Other People

    Help your clients develop interpersonal mindfulness skills by role-playing a mindful meeting.

  • Showing Affection in Different Ways

    Help your clients increase satisfaction and strengthen commitment in romantic relationships by becoming aware of – and adapt to – a partner’s primary love language.

  • Social Network Investment Analysis

    Gain insight into the relative closeness of people in your client's social network, as well as attention that is devoted towards them.

  • The Break-Up Plan - Ending Friendships That No Longer Work

    Help increase your clients’ awareness of relationships that are no longer working how to end a friendship respectfully.

  • Transcending Pain - Using Personal Suffering to Benefit Others

    Help your clients realize the value of their emotional wounds, hurts, and disappointments so that they can be translated into meaningful life directions that may benefit others.

  • Analyzing Relationship Commitment

    Help your client make more conscious choices regarding his relationship commitment and investment.

  • Appreciative Inquiry of Relationships

    Help your clients to identify positivity in a current important relationship and—with awareness—learn to be in this relationship with appreciative intent.

  • Bucket Fillers

    Help your clients understand the effects of their words and behaviors on their well-being and the well-being of others using the bucket filler principle.

  • Building Social Capital

    Help your clients expand their social capital by paying deliberate attention to the four main components of high-quality interpersonal relationships.

This pack contains the 17 highest rated positive relationships 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 relationships 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. Houda Ounnas

    Beautifully sign-posted and organized content!

    Houda Ounnas Doctor

  2. Debi Pruitt

    These tools solve the “What would you like to talk about today?”(Therapist), “I don’t know…” (Client) quandary. I use them in almost 1/2 of my sessions and clients love them. They empower clients and therapists!

    Debi Pruitt Mental Health Therapist

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