(Think Positive Monday: sharing tips and keeping me in line to live a happier and more positive life)
“Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.” Richard Wilkins
So often I’m quick to jump to the negative. One bad thing can make my entire day the worst. We all know misery loves company, that’s why it is so easy to metastasize and grow into something it is not. Pretty soon all the good little things in our day are forgotten and we are left with this big black cloud of ugliness.
To help train my brain to focus on the good and not just the bad I practice this simple exercise.
Every night before bed I schedule in 10 minutes to mentally list three good things that happened to me that day. After I’ve thought about 3 positive experiences I then expand upon them and list why those good things happened.
For example, on Friday one of the good things that happened that day was:
- Knowing I was having a rough time my boss gifted me a pretty poinsettia and a Christmas ornament. (And this happened because my boss is kind and understanding)
- My mom was doing better after some bad health earlier in the week (And this happened because of good doctors and knowing how to take care of herself)
- After weeks of research and anxiety over it I had finally selected my new health insurance plan for 2015 and it’s better than what I had this year (and this happened because of patience, research, and the second patient eyes from Ryan, my Mom, and my boss)
A little awkward at first, but your brain should soon get into the habit of seeing the cause and effect of the good things in life too.
It’s Christmas time, so don’t just be a little kind to those all around you, be a little kinder to yourself too. Love really is all around, you just have to look for it.