Positive imagination is one of the most wonderful activities that, as one of my friends put it, gives us fuel in the most stressful times of our lives. When things don’t go the way we would like them to, it is easy to forget that good times could still come. Positive imagination reminds us that it is possible and it can sometimes create pathways to achieve it.
There are many evidence-based activities that can help you do it. Here are my three favourite ones:
Best Possible Self
Set aside 20 minutes a day for 4 days and write down the following:
“Think about your life in The future. Imagine that everything has gone as well as it possibly could. you have worked hard and succeeded at accomplishing all of your life goals. Think of this as the realisation of all of your life dreams. Now, write about what you imagined” (King, 2001)
Life Summary Review
Step 1: Think about and write down how you would like to have your life relayed to your grandchildren
Step 2: Review your life summary and identify what changes you need to make in your life today to help you live your ideal life
Tomorrow’s positive events
Complete this activity every day for 2 weeks:
“Imagine, in the most precise way, four positive events that could reasonably happen to you tomorrow. You can imagine all kinds of positive events, from simple everyday pleasure to very important positive events” (Quoidbach, Wood, & Hansenne, 2009)
Try to vary the activities you do and play around with the time of day when you do your writing and the amount of time you do it. If you don’t like writing, or have dyslexia, try this activity anyway. Remember that what matters is how it makes you feel, not your writing style. Do not show it to anyone, this is for your eyes only.
You can also vary this activity by engaging with other people. Chat with your friends about your best possible selves, how you would like to be remembered by your grandchildren and your positive events planned for tomorrow. Enjoy!
Have you tried any of these activities? If so, please share your experience.