Researching Three Good Things

A Carolina student teamed up with researchers and found that a simple exercise helps healthcare providers feel better – so they can help you feel better.

During his senior year, Ronald Harris, UNC ’19 began an independent research project with Dr. J. Bryan Sexton of Duke University. Ronald and Dr. Sexton set out to determine whether small daily acts of positive reflection – writing down three good things that happened during the day – could reduce burnout and depression among healthcare workers.


We found that there were significant improvements in burnout, work-life balance, happiness, and depression even a year after doing the exercise.

Ronald Harris



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