[FREE] 3 Hand-Picked Tools From the Positive Psychology Toolkit©!

positive psychology toolkitWe are always incredibly grateful to our growing community of like-minded professionals for sharing our mission to uplift others through positive psychology.

As a small token of appreciation, we’re giving away three tools from our Positive Psychology Toolkit for free.

You can download them here.

It turns out that it’s not so easy to pick only three tools out of the 330+ activities, assessments, and interventions (plus we don’t like to play favorites!)

But when we took a step back and reflected on the collective journey that this year has brought us all on, we knew that tools that would help people make sense of uncontrollable events, reconnect with their values, and move forward in a more meaningful and optimistic way would have the biggest impact.

Read on to learn more about these three tools hand picked by the PositivePsychology.com team and how they can bring value to the lives of your clients.


Valued Living During Challenging Times – Seph Fontane Pennock, Cofounder

Added to the toolkit as part of the June monthly update, this tool seeks to resolve the tension that can arise during challenging circumstances. We can become so focused on dealing with the problem and regaining a sense of control that we lose track of what matters most in life.

tool for coronaIt’s no secret that 2020 has had more than its fair share of challenges, so I picked this tool to help you and your clients reconnect with valued living in spite of whatever personal struggles they may be going through.

Valued Living During Challenging Times helps clients identify whether they have lost touch with personal values in the context of a current challenging life event and realign with those values through valued action.


Doors Closed, Doors Open – Lucinda Allen, Operations Manager

Doors Closed, Doors Open is all about cultivating optimism in the face of adversity and reframing setbacks or rejection into new opportunities.

free positive psychology toolThis tool really resonates with me; in fact, it sums up my last year quite perfectly.

Not so long ago, I was made redundant from my marketing role in a large corporate technology company. The close of this chapter invited fresh energy and perspective about what I really valued in my work. This led me to join the team at PositivePsychology.com, where I have more learning opportunities and the sector is more aligned with my passion for mental wellbeing. It was a complete change in direction for me, but one that was perfectly aligned to my needs.

We may be afraid of closing doors and perhaps see them as a risk to our comfort and stability. But sometimes, not having space for a new door to open could be the even bigger risk on our path to fulfillment.

The reflective questions in this tool (like the ones below) will really help frame closed doors as opportunities for growth for you and your clients, perhaps even seeing recent events in a totally new light.

What led to the door closing?

What helped you open the new door?

What does a closed door represent to you now?


Finding Your Ikigai – Dr. Hugo Alberts, Cofounder

I believe every human being has a unique way of expressing their core, true self in work. The positive psychology practitioner would call it “optimal strength expression”; the spiritual person, “soul work”; and the organizational psychologist, “work engagement.” I don’t care so much what you call it.

ikigai tool

The bottom line is when you have found your own, unique way of expressing yourself in your work, your work will no longer feel like work. It becomes playful, energizing, and a journey worth traveling.

Finding Your Ikigai takes a realistic and workable perspective on finding a job using the Japanese secret to happiness. It allows you to express your true self by addressing four essential elements: strengths, skills, values, and money.Free tool

Download all three free tools here.

We hope you enjoy these three free tools and that they will help increase the wellbeing of the people around you. Please leave a comment if you found them useful or insightful. We’d love to hear about it!

All the best,

Seph Fontane Pennock, Lucinda Allen, & Hugo Alberts


Want 400+ more tools?

If you would like more positive psychology exercises like these three, you can access 400+ tools by signing up for the Positive Psychology Toolkit. It is already being used by 2,500+ practitioners and teachers around the world.


About the Author

Seph Fontane Pennock is a seasoned entrepreneur and the business mind behind PositivePsychology.com. With his background in online marketing and a passion for helping therapists and coaches, he co-founded the new mental health application Quenza that helps practitioners better help their clients with digital support.


  1. Stephen Alkus, Ph.D.

    Very helpful introduction for me. Just starting to “find the time” to explore your downloads and ideas. Thanks.

  2. paul Etyang'

    Thank you for such great encouragement . hope to find other material

  3. Milena

    I’m sorry. I didn’t want my name to appear. I’m always excited to open your emails.
    It’s always a good learning experience. I’m so thankful for this new 3 tools. I hope I can open them soon. I’m having trouble opening them. Thanks so much for thinking of me.

  4. Peter de KAM

    These three tools are absolutely wonderful! Thanks very much for making them openly available!!

  5. Fe Cardenas

    I am so grateful for your generosity in sharing these tools. You have sent it at the right time where most of my colleagues at work are so distressed and are asking for psychosocial assistance. Our team can use these tools. You are a blessing!

    • Margaret Ellison

      Thanks much appreciated 😊👍
      I need this as I face insurmountable family challenges and unemployment due to this demonic pandemic. God help us all.

    • kvssiyer

      The tools listed and explained are very much relevant and useful for application to develop strategies of
      our actions to realize the very purpose of our life where ever in what ever position we are thank you very much

  6. CountOnContext

    Thank you for sharing. These tools come in handy. Positive psychology is a wonderful way we can all enjoy our lives. What other goodies you’ll be sharing?

  7. Nicole Celestine

    Hi Joanne,
    Thanks for downloading the tools. If you are using Windows, you should be able to right click on the file and select ‘Extract All’ without needing to use a particular piece of software to unzip the folder. You can find instructions here. (Unfortunately we cannot email the materials out).
    Hope this helps.
    – Nicole | Community Manager

  8. Beth

    Love your email’s chocked full of inspiring tools to use and guidance for personal growth. Thanks a bunch for sharing!! Be Well

  9. Tracie Mcrae

    Thank you very much I really enjoy the tools and will invite others to join

  10. Pia

    I believe these tools can help everyone…regardless where they are at in life. Gaining more knowledge and perspective keeps us in growth mindset. I absolutely will apply these to my own life and share with others.
    Thank you for enlightening us to focus on the positive amidst the storm we all find ourselves in.

  11. Augustin Habarugira

    Thank you for this gift . Be blessed

  12. Nicole Celestine

    Hi Magdalena,
    The tools are still available! If you are using Windows, you should be able to right click on the file and select ‘Extract All’ without needing to use a particular piece of software. You can find instructions here. If you are still having problems, please let us know what the error says and we can try to help.
    – Nicole | Community Manager

    • Magdalene

      Thank you Nicole. I was able to download the tools. I have found my Ikigai, have Opened Doors and doing my best to hold on to Valued living in challenging times. God bless you all, you wonderful people and keep up the great work of spreading happiness!

  13. Eddie

    Many thanks for sharing this, really is very generous – information like this really is manna from heaven for an old dog trying new career of coaching…

    • Margui

      Thank you very much this article is very useful for me.

  14. Merlin

    Excellent tools and very pertinent given the challenges we and many others face at this time of instability and uncertainty – many thanks.

  15. Magdalene

    Grateful for and very humbled by your generosity. Best wishes to your wonderful team.

  16. Carmencita Salonga

    Thank you for your generosity by sharing these tools. God bless you more. Stay safe too.

  17. sharath

    A broad minded person you are, sharing things its self is positive life .God bless you

  18. Misha

    I am very grateful to you for sharing. Kind Regards MLV

  19. imee

    much grateful for generously sharing additional knowledge in this time that we highly need motivation, hope and encouragement to keep us going amidst present adversities, may God bless you more and keep safe always!

  20. Julia

    So useful! Thank you ?

  21. Daniel

    Thank You for these life teaching exercises…..I hope to from them so that I can share them with my clients.
    Again, Thank You.

  22. Babette Barnard

    Thanks so much for these awesome tools. Finding your Ikigai and Door Closes, Door Opens particularly resonated. I can see myself using these tools in my coaching practice. All the best, B

  23. Viorica Angela Pascu

    Thank you very much! They are exceptional and can be used in therapeutic work with clients in many situations!
    with gratitude psychotherapist Viorica Angela Pascu

  24. Kissa

    Thanks a lot for all the efforts. This is a source for enlightenment

  25. Neyha

    love your constant input in making me learn and grow more with your knowledge. thank-you for regular contents

  26. Sudipt Deshmukh

    thank you

  27. Dr. Malak Nasr, PHD

    Practical. Inspirational. Usable.
    Thanks a lot

  28. Monica Hurn

    Hmmm, seems I need to purchase Winzip – is there any other way of receiving these tools?

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Monica,
      Thanks for downloading the tools. If you are using Windows, you should be able to right click on the file and select ‘Extract All’ without needing to use a particular piece of software. You can find instructions here.
      Hope this helps!
      – Nicole | Community Manager

  29. Sr.Pramila D'Almeida

    Very enriching and positively influencing Really appreciative of your good will…

  30. Barbara Winwood

    Thank you for yet another freebie. Love the sound of the ikigai exercise:-)

  31. Jo Tasker

    Thank you brilliant resources to use with clients.

  32. Christine Holt

    Thank you!

  33. anna Piasecka

    Great initiative to give people smth for free, especially now we need optimism


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