3 Good Things

The 3 Good Things Exercise Explained by Bryan Sexton, Ph.D.


Employee Resiliency for Better, Safer Care

MyMichigan Health's effort in patient safety include addressing the critical need for supporting the emotional needs of health care workers. Providing medical care today is inherently stressful and complex. MyMichigan believes that developing resiliency among employees produces better, safer patient care.  

"Three Good Things," is a stress management technique promoted among employees throughout MyMichigan Health. It has proven benefits for addressing emotional exhastion and burn-out, as demonstrated by clinical research at the Patient Safety Center of Duke University Health System. 

Clinical References

1. Resources on this page are based on a February 10, 2014 presentation at MyMichigan Health by J. Bryan Sexton, Ph.D., Director of Patient Safety Center, Duke University Health System. Research data based on clinical trials conducted at Duke University with three cohorts: neonatal ICU, internal medicine residents and patient safety leadership.

2. Seligman, Steen, Park & Petersen (July-August 2005). Positive Psychology Progress; Empirical Validation of Intervention. American Psychologist.

3. Martin E.P. Seligman (2011). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. New York, NY: Free Press.

4. “Three Good Things” is also referred to as “The Three Blessings” in some literature. 



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