Efficacy of positive psychology exercises in female college students
Pooja Jaggi, Navdeep Kaur
Student life has become stress provoking due to increasing professional and social pressures. The authors observed a sense of disillusionment in students of psychology who felt overwhelmed with the bombardment of theoretical concepts from Euro- American psychology with little relevance to day to day lives. The present study was designed to foster self-awareness and self- enhancement in participants by using positive psychology exercises. One hundred and thirty female psychology undergraduate students from University of Delhi college used journal writing, gratitude exercise, gratitude letter and anonymous good deed for a period of six weeks spanning over two years in two batches. The exercises were supplemented by weekly group discussions to assess the progress and share their experiences with the facilitator. Theme based analysis was used to interpret the data. A model of change was also created through participant’s inputs. They authentically experienced efficacy of positive psychology exercises in daily life. Though positive psychology exercises did not work for everyone uniformly and alternatives had to be suggested by the facilitator to catalyse the required change. Some of the students continued to use these exercises even after completion of the study.