Fill Your Cup!

Glass of Water

One of the best ways to practice optimism is by using a short simple exercise called the Best Possible Self (BPS) exercise. In 2020, researchers, Johannes Bodo Heekerens and Michael Eid conducted a meta-analysis of 34 studies that used the Best Possible Self exercise and found that practicing this exercise can at least temporarily happiness. It is also seen as an exercise in optimism, although more research is needed for conclusive results. At the very least, if you’re looking for a quick mood boost, it’s not going to hurt, and it very well may help.

Here’s what you can do! Set aside 5-10 minutes more if you have them.

  1. Visualize your best possible self in three scenarios
    • At work
    • At home (or in your personal life)
    • In your relationships
  2. Take time to evaluate what are you doing in those moments? What does it look like? What does it feel like? Look for specific actions that you are taking in this dream scenario.
  3. Set an intention and write down 1, 2 or more specific actions that you can take for each scenario.
    • To be my best self at work I will . . .
    • To be my best self at home I will . . .
    • To be my best self with others I will . . .

Now put it into action and check in! Are you doing those things? If not, what’s getting in the way? How can you use those obstacle as building blocks to achieve your goal? Who can you reach out to for help?

Feel free to post your intentions in the comment section below.

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