Preferences for positive psychology exercises

Stephen M. Schueller

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Positive psychologists have developed a variety of techniques to increase well-being. This study explored whether preferences for some interventions are linked to preferences for other interventions. A total of 792 participants received up to six positive psychology exercises. After each exercise, participants indicated their preference for each exercise and how often they engaged in it. A factor analysis of these scores revealed three groupings of subjective preferences: active-constructive responding and savoring; blessings and life summary; and gratitude visit and strengths. Individuals who had high preference for an exercise were more likely to complete the exercise. Implications for application of positive psychology exercises and future recommendations are discussed including the use of such a framework for tailoring custom programs of interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-203
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2010


  • Intervention
  • Matching
  • Preferences
  • Subjective well-being
  • Treatment planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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