Poster Presentation 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

Positively Reframing Tasks As Opportunities (#673)

Neil Lutsky 1 , Donna McMillan 2 , Jennifer Chan 1 , Elsa Sandeno 1 , Marshall Ma 1 , Lena White 1 , Nam Anh Nguyen 1 , Michael Gasior 1 , Zoe Harris 1 , Charlotte Liu 1 , Jeremy Brog 1 , Sarah Magid 1
  1. Carleton College, Northfield, MN, United States
  2. Psychology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, US

What are consequences of thinking about things we have to do as opportunities, as tasks we get to do? In keeping with self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000), we hypothesized that participants prompted to reflect on specific upcoming tasks with a “Get to” mindset would approach those tasks more positively and productively in comparison to control participants prompted to use a “Have to” mindset. Participants (N = 59) were randomly assigned to write about upcoming tasks for six consecutive days using one of these two mindsets. Dependent ratings generated at the end of the week suggested that positive framing reduced procrastination and task burdensomeness, although it did not impact gratitude among our participants. We discuss ways this investigation could be expanded and note possible cultural limitations to our arguments (e.g., Tripathi, Cervone, & Savani, 2018).