Pleasant Activities Scheduling

The inverse relationship between pleasant events and depression is an important aspect of behavioral theories of depression. In other words, engaging in pleasant activities has been found to reduce depressive symptoms. During each PEARLS session, the counselor encourages clients to select an activity or activities they would enjoy – a pleasant activity they can do as “homework.” For clients who have been caregivers for others for many years, it may be difficult to think of a pleasant activity. For this reason, the PEARLS Training Workbook includes a sheet of over 200 possible activities, with choices as diverse as gardening, looking at pictures of grandchildren, or taking a bath.