Through my research I have read study after study (across several decades) about Positive Psychology Interventions (PPI) and the enormous impact they have on people’s lives. PPI have been shown to have the following effects (to name but a few):
- Decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Improved intellectual ability
- Increased life satisfaction
- Boosted creativity
- Improved physical health
- Decreased subjective experience of pain
- Improved relationships
- Increased job satisfaction
- Increased resilience
When sharing these strategies with others, I can often see the disbelief in their eyes. “Surely it can’t be that simple?” they seem to say.
We often think that, in order for something to be truly effective, it has to be extremely complicated. In reality, however, this is not the case. Most Positive Psychology Interventions are deceptively simple and easy to both understand and apply. All the studies I have read and much of my research shows that something as simple as practising gratitude regularly, has a long-term, positive impact. There is also a good, well-documented reason why these simple strategies work.
But more on that in my next post.