I was inspired to do the positivity board at the same time I created my achievements collage, and the article based on it. So, you could call the positivity board a follow up or a sequel to my achievements collage, because it is. It’s something that I thought I’d share with my readers because it’s a really simple crafting activity that celebrates you. I hope you enjoy this article and take up the challenge of creating your own positivity board.
What Is A Positivity Board?
As the name suggests, it’s something you create that highlights the things that can help you feel positive. This is an idea plucked from positive psychology, making it a pretty useful positive psychology intervention to boost your wellbeing.
For those of you who don’t know what positive psychology is, why haven’t you read my article on it (which you can find here, by the way)? Kidding aside, positive psychology is a theoretical approach that uses our strengths, while the rest of psychology focuses on our weaknesses (Peterson, 2008). It’s a really interesting approach to wellbeing, as it’s not just for people who are struggling with mental health. Positive psychology can help anyone, even those who are already feeling great.
Creating a positivity board is a way to tap into our gratitude. A couple of years back, I wrote an article that featured a letter I wanted to send to someone that I was grateful for. They were the only person throughout my childhood who stood up to my racist bullies on my behalf.
Writing that gratitude letter is an act of self-care. Which might not seem like it, but a study by Toepfer and Walker (2009) found that writing gratitude letters caused an increase in two areas of wellbeing: gratitude and happiness. Meaning, you can benefit from writing these letters without having to send them. This is useful if you’re not able to contact the person you want to tell how grateful you are too.
That was one way to tap into gratitude. Another way can be done through journalling by using a gratitude journal prompt. With a simple gratitude journal prompt, such as writing one thing you’re grateful for each day or each week, can help create a positive mindset. It’s also a great way to tackle the negativity bias, even in depression.
Starting Your Positivity Board
To craft your positivity board, you’ll want to collate the things that make you happy and make you feel good. When I did this, I focused on positive things about my blog. I looked through the tweets of the nice things people have said about my work, because I’m grateful for those comments. I also used examples of achievements I’ve made with my blog, which gave me a sense of pride in my work, and made me feel grateful too.
For example, here’s one of the tweets I selected.
You can make a positivity board using traditional crafting methods. There are plenty of crafting places you gather supplies for your positivity board. You can also print some stuff off if, like me, you want to use stuff from online that you’re grateful for.
What I choose to do when making my positivity board, however, was to use Canva and Paint.net. Canva is easy to use. They have a section of templates you can use to make a quick and simple positivity board, which you can find here. I then used Paint.net to personalise it with a lot more ease. I have a certain aesthetic, if you haven’t noticed already.
Making Your Positivity Board
Here’s how to put your positivity board together:
- Select the photos, images, screenshots, quotes, etc. that you want to use to highlight what you’re grateful for.
- Arrange your photos by creating a layout.
- Customise the boarders, add colour, texture, and patterns to personalise and make your positivity board pop.
- Then, add any text you’d like to your crafting project.
- To finish, display your positivity board somewhere you’ll see it.
It is really easy to craft a positivity board. The benefits of doing so are a great payoff for taking the time to make one as well. Positive psychology tells us how we can use our strengths and be more positive, and this is just the positive psychology intervention to get you started.
So, have I convinced you enough to create a positivity board? Is so, then what are you waiting for? Get crafting and tag me in your creations on social media if you share them, because I would love to see them.
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Peterson, C. (2008). What is positive psychology, and what is it not? Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-good-life/200805/what-is-positive-psychology-and-what-is-it-not.
Toepfer, S. M. & Walker, K. (2009). Letters of Gratitude: Improving Well-Being through Expressive Writing. Journal of Writing Research, 1(3), 181-198. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/276486329_Letters_of_Gratitude_Improving_Well-Being_through_Expressive_Writing.