The positive experience inventory is a partial list of experiences, behaviors, memories, observations imaginings and fantasies that are heartwarming, uplifting, energizing, or that make people feel good, happy, ecstatic, joyful, confident, strong, loved, capable, masterful, exuberant, euphoric, thrilled, excited, inspired, etc. For brevity's sake, we'll call these varieties of positive experience "PEs". There are certainly many unlisted categories and items. As you discover new ones of your own, add them to this list, and share them by sending them to the address listed below so we can add them to the KPEI for other people to consider. Use this list to open your eyes to and widen your view of PE opportunities. Use it to explore your positive experience memory (PEM) treasures to create a PEM Library.
( If you wish to share your PEMs, send them to the below address. They'll be used for research and to help others enjoy positive, heartwarming feelings.
Send all correspondence to: Rob Kall, M.ED. firstname.lastname@example.org 211 N. Sycamore, Newtown, PA 18940
Copying for personal use or back-up is permitted and recommended before you begin to use the KPEI. Copying for non-commercial use permitted under Creative commons 2.0 attribution. Please drop me a note to let me know if you're using the KPEI. I'd like to hear from you and how you are using it. If you translate it into another language, please send me a copy so I can add it to the website for others to make use of.
Please let me know if you find the KPEI useful personally or in projects.
ACHIEVEMENT/GROWTH -BIRTH -WINNING -COMPLETION -GROWING UP -CAREER ADVANCEMENT -BEING PUBLISHED -REACHING MILESTONES -REACHING LIFE GOALS -CHILD REACHING LIFE GOAL -OBSERVING A CHILD ACCULTURATING -SEEING PATTERNS OF GROWTH THROUGH THE PERSPECTIVE OF TIME -FEELING ACTUALIZED
ANTICIPATORY PLEASURE -SPECIAL EVENTS -SEXUAL PLEASURE -SPECIAL MEALS OR FOOD -SPECIAL MOMENTS -ACTIVITIES -SEEING LONG UNSEEN PERSON
APPRECIATING AND BEING APPRECIATED -RECEIVING AWARD/HONOR -BEING ACCEPTED AS A LEADER -FINDING UNEXPECTED RESPECT OR APPRECIATION -RECEIVING RESPECT/ENCOURAGEMENT FROM SOMEONE I RESPECT -IN THE FORM OF ACTION, NOT WORDS
RECEIVING RECOGNITION: -media attention -recognized by a stranger
BEAUTY IN NATURE /ART -VISTAS/PANORAMAS -NATURE -flowers -animals -sky, clouds -fresh air -GRACEFUL MOVEMENT -MUSICAL PASSAGES -operatic climaxes -ART
CHILDREN -CUTE BEHAVIOR -KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST (cute)THINGS -AFFECTION FROM -WATCHING PERFORMANCE -OTHERS' COMPLIMENTS ABOUT MY CHILD -INNOCENCE -BUBBLING EFFERVESCENCE -SILLINESS -WONDER/DISCOVERY
CONNECTEDNESS, CONTINUITY; FEELING SENSE OF -TRADITION SHARED OR PASSED ALONG TO THE NEXT GENERATION -ONENESS WITH THE WORLD/UNIVERSE -COMMUNITY -JOINING -GROUP ACCEPTANCE -SPIRITUAL JOINING -GOOD NEIGHBORS -GOOD FRIENDS -TRUSTWORTHINESS -FEELING PART OF A LARGER WHOLE -PARADES -RE-CONTINUITY; CARING THAT PICKS RIGHT UP AFTER LONG SEPARATION -CROWD/STADIUM MASS BEHAVIOR
IN CONTROL, LIFE IN ORDER -HAVING A NEAT HOUSE -LIKING MY APPEARANCE -FEELING ORGANIZED -BEING ON TIME -FEELING SLIM AND TRIM OR AT A GOOD WEIGHT -EATING HEALTHY -EXERCISING -CLEARING A DESK -FINISHING STRAIGHTENING UP OR ORGANIZING -OTHER MASTERY EXPERIENCES COOPERATION, SHARING -WORKING WELL AS A TEAM MEMBER -SINGING WITH OTHERS -CREATING WITH OTHERS -ALTRUISTIC PROJECTS -OBSERVING TALENTED GROUP ACTION -LIKING CO-WORKERS
DECISIONS, COMMITMENTS -TO TAKE RISK -TO MAKE COMMITMENT -TO MAKE LOVE FOR FIRST TIME -TO GET MARRIED -TO BUY A HOUSE -TO GO INTO BUSINESS -TO QUIT A JOB
DISARMING NEGATIVE FEELINGS -MAKING UP AFTER A FIGHT -WINNING A CONCESSION -CONCEDING -FORGIVING -BEING FORGIVEN
DISCOVERY, NOVELTY -SUDDEN INSPIRATION -SUDDEN INSIGHT/UNDERSTANDING -DISCOVERING A SECRET: -of nature -of a person -of a group -of a thing -DISCOVERING SHARED: -connection -idea(s) -experience -background -belief -SERENDIPITY -NEW: -thing -friend -idea, meaning -place -sensation -interest -activity -experience
Rob is the publisher of positivepsychology.net and has been involved with Positive Psychology since the early 1980's at least as early as 1981. He gave his first presentation at a national professional meeting in 1985, and offered workshops, (more...)
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