AbstractThis arts-based, phenomenological study explored the lived experiencing of positive art making
activities and the phenomenological processing of created art objects to promote psychological
well-being for five women diagnosed with heart failure. Though heart failure is a life threatening
and progressive disease, to date, there is limited research on the application of a positive art
therapy approach that focuses on strengths and coping skills rather than deficits or weaknesses.
Using an arts-based phenomenological method, participants completed three positive art therapy
directives and three 1: 1 Zoom interviews over a three-month period. Five emergent themes were
identified including: hope for longevity and continuance, overcoming life’s challenges,
acceptance and letting go, intense change, and authenticity and self-care. It was found that a
positive art therapy approach may offer a complementary means for promoting psychological
well-being for this population.