Wellness has become the buzzword of the decade for many as the health and fitness craze continues unabated.  Commercials emphasize the health benefits of particular products.  Self help books by the truck load exhort the benefits of wellness programs.  Wellness DVDs are all over the web. Getting physically fit and staying fit has become an obsession.  Is that all there is to real human wellness in Perth?  Psychologists tell us there are conditions that promote emotional wellness that research has shown can lead to a greater sense of fulfilled lives.

What have Perth psychologists learned about emotional wellness?  What does emotional wellness look like?

Perhaps the most important component is the ability to see yourself as you really are, not as you would like to be.
The emotionally well individual knows his or her own shortcomings without apologizing for them.
Emotionally well individuals objectively assess their own strengths without minimizing them.
The emotionally well individual feels in control of his or her own destiny with a positive outlook on the future.
Emotionally well individuals accept themselves and others as they are.
The emotionally well individual sees changing circumstances and challenging conditions as opportunities, not as problems.

Emotionally well individuals accept responsibility for their own actions without continually blaming others.
Proponents of physical wellness tell us there are specific things we can do to improve our condition.  So it is with emotional wellness.  One of the key components of emotional wellness is optimism and a positive outlook.  While it may be true that some individuals are more predisposed towards negative thinking than others are, the idea is optimism can be learned.

Clinical psychologist Perth tell us one of the keys to learning optimism is giving gratitude.  They also tell us negative thinking may actually be a genetic predisposition, a survival technique if you will.  Humans are more concerned about things that can and do go wrong than they are about things that go right.  We expect the positive and take many positive things in our lives for granted while we obsess about all the things that appear to have gone wrong.  From these current negatives, we extrapolate generalities about the future, setting up expectation of more negative things to follow.

There is a new area of study within psychology called Positive Psychology, the study of optimal human functioning.  Researchers in this field have developed an exercise for promoting optimism called the Three Good Things Exercise.

It is a simple exercise with potentially powerful benefits.  At the end of each day before you retire for the night, sit down, and write out three good things that happened during the course of your day.  In addition, write out what you think caused the event.

While this log of positive happenings in your life has the obvious benefit of highlighting the good things that happen to you, it can serve another powerful purpose.  The causes of many of the good things you record will be actions taken by other people around you. Counsellors London tell us there is much to be gained from giving gratitude to those who have benefited us.  Take the time to express your gratitude, both verbally, and when appropriate, in writing.

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