UC Berkeley created a “place” called The Greater Good Science Center. They study sciency stuff to find a path to a more meaningful life. Most everything they focus on, or take a look at, seem to be very simple concepts or steps that we all could do in order to achieve more fulfillment or at the very least…generally better days. So for the first post of many, on this #GreaterGoodThursday I chose 3 Good Things.
I’ve done something like this on and off for many years without even realizing it. We all have days that suck and days that are completely stellar. On the days in my life that have absolutely sucked harder than gravity, I’ve tried to find at least one thing that was good, even if it’s just that the Beef on Weck that I consumed seemed like the best one ever! in doing this, I found that it became easier and easier to see the good things and the things that were less pleasant in my day became further away from my reach.
This doesn’t mean that I never have bad days anymore, but what it does mean is that it sure is easier to get through them when they penetrate my good-day-bubble. Take a look at the basic outline of how this works and try it for a week. You’ll be surprised at the simple and sometimes unnoticeable changes that happen
Spend about 15 minutes per day for at least a week writing down three things that went well for you that day. Give an explanation for why they went well. It’s important to write down your thoughts. Doing so makes them concrete and solidifies the habit of thinking and reflecting on them. Whatever it is, can be small. An example would be “the dog didn’t bark AT ALL today”, “I didn’t mind the negative temps and all the snow”, or something as big as “I finally got Franklin to pee in the toilet instead of his diaper!”. Doing this for the day prior, in the morning, is how I do it…some prefer in the evening before bed. The important part is that no matter how silly or trying it feels, you just have to start. Starting is the hard part. Don’t worry about missing a day. Don’t feel like that is a failure. That’s Llamashit! Just continue where you left off.