A survival mechanism that we are all pretty good at is to intensely focus on what went wrong in our day. This is important to do so that we avoid dangerous situations and don’t repeat mistakes that we have made.
Remembering the positive or good things that happen gives us a needed lift when times are difficult. The world needs to remember the good right now, because we are in trying times.
Martin Seligman in his book Flourish outlines an exercise for doing just that. It goes like this; at the end of your day ask yourself what 3 things went well today? Then ask yourself why these things went well? Most likely it is because you utilized one of your strengths, someone around you came through with support, you noticed something beautiful because you were in the moment, or some other positive awareness.
Some days when I do this exercise it takes quite a bit of time to remember the good. I find though that as I give this exercise time and practice, it works its magic on me. I often notice more than 3 things that went well and start looking for the good throughout the day. It’s a gift that brightens and lightens my day.
I have mentioned this exercise in other blog posts, but given these difficult times felt we needed a reminder.
The video link below outlines an additional method that can bring levity to your day; how to create a joy kit.
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