Joy (soaking in positive feelings)
About This Tool
Joy is the feeling of great pleasure, well-being, delight, and good fortune. It is often experienced after a pleasurable or satisfying experience, but it can also come or go on its own, unrelated to life events. Most of us want to feel joy more often, if not all of the time, but fear that this goal is out of reach. Luckily, science has found that most feelings, like joy, are more of a habit than an occasional state, and by treating joy like a habit, we can actually turn it into a permanent, or close to permanent, state. This worksheet can help.
Why It Works
Below are some of the books and studies that support this tool.
- Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough. “Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subject wellbeing in daily life” in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2003.
- Rick Hanson. “Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.” 2013.
- Nathan Lambert, Steven Graham, Frank Fincham, & Tyler Stillman. “A changed perspective: How gratitude can affect sense of coherence through positive reframing” in the Journal of Positive Psychology. 2009.
- Martin Seligman, Tracy Steen, Nansook Park, and Christopher Peterson. “Positive psychology progress: Empirical validation of interventions” in American Psychologist. 2005.
- Topic in Detail: Behavior Change Change Feelings Gratitude Habits Happiness Joy Mood Sadness
- Approach in Detail: Neuroplasticity Positive Psychology Positive Reframing
- Audience: All audiences
- Level: All levels
- Type: Worksheets
- Style: Neutral
- Language: English
- Length: 4 pages
- File Format: PDF (74.0 KB)
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