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By Danny Pettry.

20 positive psychology activity ideas — great for therapeutic group activities:

1. Title: Gratitude Jar
Goals: Encouraging participants to focus on the positive aspects of their lives, fostering a sense of gratitude.
Benefits: Promotes positive thinking, fosters a sense of community, and encourages reflection.
Supplies needed: Jar, small pieces of paper, pens.
Instructions: Participants write down things they are grateful for on small pieces of paper and place them in the jar. Discuss as a group after everyone has contributed.
Wrap up questions: What emotions did you experience during this activity? How did it feel to share and reflect on what you’re grateful for?

 

2. Title: Strengths Collage
Goals: Identifying individual strengths and positive attributes.
Benefits: Fosters self-awareness, promotes self-esteem, and encourages self-expression.
Supplies needed: Magazines, scissors, glue, poster boards.
Instructions: Participants search for images and words that resonate with their strengths and create a collage. Share and discuss as a group.
Wrap up questions: What did you discover about yourself during this activity? How can you apply your strengths in your daily life?

 

3. Title: Positive Affirmation Cards
Goals: Fostering self-compassion and positive self-talk.
Benefits: Encourages self-empowerment, promotes self-care, and boosts self-confidence.
Supplies needed: Index cards, markers, colored pencils.
Instructions: Each participant creates their own set of positive affirmation cards. Discuss the affirmations as a group.
Wrap up questions: How can positive affirmations impact your mindset and well-being? How will you use these cards in your daily life?

 

4. Title: Acts of Kindness Challenge
Goals: Encouraging participants to engage in kind and compassionate actions.
Benefits: Promotes empathy, fosters a sense of community, and increases feelings of happiness.
Supplies needed: None.
Instructions: Challenge participants to perform acts of kindness and share their experiences in the next session.
Wrap up questions: How did performing acts of kindness make you feel? What impact did it have on you and others?

 

5. Title: Mindful Coloring
Goals: Promoting mindfulness and stress reduction through creative expression.
Benefits: Reduces anxiety, enhances focus, and encourages relaxation.
Supplies needed: Coloring sheets, colored pencils, markers.
Instructions: Participants engage in mindful coloring and discuss their experiences.
Wrap up questions: How did you feel while coloring mindfully? How does this activity relate to being present in the moment?

 

6. Title: Three Good Things
Goals: Encouraging participants to focus on positive experiences and emotions.
Benefits: Increases gratitude, fosters positive emotions, and improves overall well-being.
Supplies needed: Paper, pens.
Instructions: Participants write down three good things that happened to them each day and share with the group.
Wrap up questions: How did focusing on the positive impact your mood? What patterns did you notice in the good things you recorded?

 

7. Title: Strengths Spotting
Goals: Helping participants recognize strengths in others and themselves.
Benefits: Fosters positive relationships, promotes empathy, and boosts self-esteem.
Supplies needed: None.
Instructions: Participants take turns spotting and acknowledging strengths in each other.
Wrap up questions: How did it feel to recognize strengths in others? How do you think this activity can impact your perception of strengths?

 

8. Title: Visualization Exercise
Goals: Encouraging participants to imagine positive and inspiring scenarios.
Benefits: Promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and fosters a positive mindset.
Supplies needed: None.
Instructions: Lead participants in a guided visualization of a peaceful and positive scene.
Wrap up questions: What emotions did you experience during the visualization? How can you use visualization to cope with stress in your daily life?

 

9. Title: Random Acts of Kindness Bingo
Goals: Encouraging participants to engage in acts of kindness towards themselves and others.
Benefits: Promotes kindness, boosts self-esteem, and fosters a sense of community.
Supplies needed: Bingo cards with kind acts, markers.
Instructions: Participants complete the bingo card by engaging in acts of kindness. Discuss experiences as a group.
Wrap up questions: What was your experience with the random acts of kindness bingo? How did it impact your outlook and well-being?

 

10. Title: Positive Journaling
Goals: Encouraging participants to focus on positive thoughts and experiences through writing.
Benefits: Promotes self-reflection, increases self-awareness, and enhances mood.
Supplies needed: Journals, pens, markers.
Instructions: Participants write about positive experiences, gratitudes, and reflections in their journals.
Wrap up questions: How did journaling about positive experiences affect your mood? What did you learn about yourself through this activity?

 

11. Title: Group Mindfulness Meditation
Goals: Fostering a sense of calm and present-moment awareness in the group.
Benefits: Reduces stress, enhances mindfulness, and promotes emotional regulation.
Supplies needed: Comfortable seating, guided meditation script or recorded meditation.
Instructions: Lead the group in a guided meditation session focusing on mindfulness and relaxation.
Wrap up questions: How did you feel during the mindfulness meditation? How can mindfulness be applied to your daily life?

 

12. Title: Strengths Auction
Goals: Recognizing and valuing individual strengths within the group.
Benefits: Fosters a sense of appreciation, promotes self-worth, and boosts self-confidence.
Supplies needed: Play money, list of strengths on cards.
Instructions: Participants bid on each other’s strengths with play money and discuss their reasoning.
Wrap up questions: How did participating in the strengths auction make you feel? How did it influence your perception of your own strengths?

 

13. Title: Positive Photo Reflection
Goals: Encouraging participants to explore positive memories and experiences through visual aids.
Benefits: Promotes reminiscence, fosters positive emotions, and enhances connection.
Supplies needed: Printed photos, albums or display board, markers.
Instructions: Participants bring in photos of positive memories and share their reflections with the group.
Wrap up questions: How did reflecting on positive photos affect your mood? What insights did you gain from sharing your memories with the group?

 

14. Title: Acts of Gratitude Tree
Goals: Fostering a sense of community and appreciation through shared expressions of gratitude.
Benefits: Promotes empathy, enhances connection, and increases feelings of gratitude.
Supplies needed: Large paper or canvas, markers, sticky notes.
Instructions: Participants write down things they are grateful for on sticky notes and add them to the “gratitude tree.” Discuss as a group after everyone has contributed.
Wrap up questions: How did it feel to share your expressions of gratitude on the tree? How can you continue to cultivate gratitude in your daily life?

 

15. Title: Positivity Interview
Goals: Encouraging participants to focus on the positive aspects of their lives and relationships.
Benefits: Fosters positive communication, enhances empathy, and strengthens connections.
Supplies needed: Interview questions handout, pens.
Instructions: Participants pair up and take turns interviewing each other about positive aspects of their lives. Share insights with the group.
Wrap up questions: What did you learn through the positivity interviews? How can focusing on the positive impact your relationships?

 

16. Title: Resilience Building Game
Goals: Exploring and enhancing factors that contribute to resilience in individuals.
Benefits: Promotes insight into personal strengths, builds resilience, and encourages problem-solving.
Supplies needed: Resilience building game cards, dice or spinner.
Instructions: Participants engage in a game focused on scenarios and discussions about resilience. Discuss insights as a group.
Wrap up questions: What did you discover about your own resilience during this activity? How can you apply resilience-building strategies in your life?

 

17. Title: Strengths Bingo
Goals: Recognizing and celebrating individual strengths within the group.
Benefits: Promotes appreciation of strengths, fosters positive relationships, and boosts self-esteem.
Supplies needed: Bingo cards with strengths, markers.
Instructions: Participants play strengths bingo by identifying and acknowledging strengths in each other. Discuss the experience as a group.
Wrap up questions: How did it feel to recognize and be recognized for your strengths? How did this activity influence your perception of strengths?

 

18. Title: Compassionate Letter Writing
Goals: Fostering self-compassion and empathy through written expressions of kindness.
Benefits: Encourages self-care, promotes empathy, and boosts positive emotions.
Supplies needed: Stationery, pens, envelopes.
Instructions: Participants write compassionate letters to themselves and/or others. Share reflections as a group.
Wrap up questions: How did writing and receiving compassionate letters make you feel? How can you integrate self-compassion into your daily life?

 

19. Title: Affirmation Circle
Goals: Fostering a supportive and affirming environment for participants to share positive affirmations.
Benefits: Boosts self-esteem, promotes positive communication, and enhances feelings of support.
Supplies needed: None.
Instructions: Participants form a circle and take turns sharing positive affirmations with each other.
Wrap up questions: How did receiving positive affirmations from others affect your mood? How can affirmations impact your self-perception?

 

20. Title: Values Exploration
Goals: Helping participants identify and reflect on their core values and beliefs.
Benefits: Fosters self-awareness, promotes goal setting, and enhances decision-making.
Supplies needed: Values exploration worksheet, pens.
Instructions: Participants reflect on and discuss their core values and how they can apply them in their lives.
Wrap up questions: What did you discover about your values during this activity? How can aligning with your values improve your well-being?

 

These activities are designed to promote positive psychology principles, encourage self-awareness, and foster a supportive and uplifting group dynamic. Feel free to adapt and modify these activities to best suit the needs and preferences of your group.