One of the positive psychology interventions we learned about on my MAPP course was the idea of the best possible self (BPS). The theory is that you write a letter to a future self imagining that everything has gone according to plan and your life has worked out exactly as you would have wished. Of course, life doesn’t always go according to plan, but research has shown that setting future goals increases well-being and optimism. A Canadian schoolteacher, featured in the short video below, asked his pupils to write a letter to a future self 20 years from now, he then posted the letters to his former pupils 20 years later. 20 years is probably too long a time span to plan for what you might be doing but the results are still interesting. Try writing a letter to a future self one year or 5 years from now and see what happens. You are much more likely to have realised your dreams if you write them down. I recently found an old journal where I had written down a five year plan for the different areas of my life and I was amazed how many of my dreams had come to fruition. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.
A letter to my future self
Posted by Shona Lockhart on 11th May 2015