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Simple Ways to Improve Your Psychological Well-Being

Positive Thinking

  • Recall positive life events.
  • Help others and remind yourself that you can impact the world and feel happier.
  • Practice mindfulness that makes you more present and increases happiness and resilience.
  • Express gratitude by telling people or writing about what you feel thankful for.
  • Identify and remind yourself of your strengths to feel capable and confident. Reflect on the qualities that helped you succeed in the past.
  • Practice forgiveness by letting go of past hurt and anger, but still protect yourself.
  • Find and keep deep real-world social connections to avoid the scientifically proven toll of loneliness and increase well-being.

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Psychological Well-Being

Simple Ways to Improve Your Psychological Well-Being

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Creating Purpose

Living a life with meaning and purpose is key to improving your psychological well-being. Your purpose doesn’t necessarily have to involve changing the world or devoting yourself to helping others.

If you lack a purpose, think about the legacy you’d like to leave behind and establish some objectives that can help you reach those goals. 

Psychological Well-Being

it is the combination of feeling good and functioning effectively. People with high psychological well-being report feeling capable, well-supported, and satisfied with life, besides living longer and healthier lives.

Researchers found that the absence of distress doesn’t necessarily correlate with high psychological well-being, but it does with having one’s basic needs met. 

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