Many times, people with a chronic illness or who have had traumatic experiences talk not only about the negative things, but also of the positive things that have happened to them as a result of their illness or experience. Below is a list of some of these positive things. On a scale of 0 (this did not happen to me) to 4 (I experienced a great deal of this) indicate the degree to which each occurred in your life as a result of your illness or traumatic experience.
_ 1. I learned to look at things in a more positive way.
_ 2. I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was.
_ 3. I learned to be a more optimistic person.
_ 4. I realized how much my family cares about me.
_ 5. I learned to be more confident in myself.
_ 6. I learned to approach life more calmly.
_ 7. I have more compassion for others.
_ 8. Now I know I can handle difficulties.
_ 9. My relationship with my family became more important.
_10. I learned to work through my problems and not give up.
_11. I learned to find more meaning in life.
_12. My faith in God increased.
_13. My relationship with my family became more meaningful.
_14. My life now has more meaning and satisfaction.
_15. I learned to appreciate the strength of others who have difficult times.
_16. My confidence in God increased.
_17. I learned to live for today, because you never know what will happen tomorrow.
_18. Now I know that I can count on my friends in difficult times.
_19. I learned to deal better with uncertainty.
_20. I learned to be more patient.
Reprinted with the permission of Dr. Anna F. Abraido-Lanza of the Columbia
School of Public Health. For more information see: A. F. Abraido-Lanza,
C. Guier, and R. M. Colon (1998). "Psychological Thriving Among Latinas with
Chronic Illness." Journal of Social Issues, 54, 405-24.
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