This is an exercise Lisa Napoli described in her charming book, Radio Shangri-La : What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. The book is about her adventures in Bhutan while helping a group of young people start the country’s first youth-oriented radio station – Kuzoo FM . She was introduced to the exercise in an experimental workshop in positive psychology while struggling through a midlife crisis in Los Angeles.
It’s called Three Good Things and is very simple:
Keep a notebook by your bed and every night.
Before you go to sleep, review your day and jot down three things that happened that were good.
Little things count: A nice interaction with a store clerk or someone in an elevator, a red apple you enjoyed eating, noticing a pretty tree, wearing a pair of earrings you like, the small victory of figuring out how to fix something, getting the water in your morning shower to the perfect temperature, having a good poop.
Big good things are great but most of life happens in the spaces between monumental events.
Three good things do happen to us every day. Noticing them will help you focus on what you’ve got rather than on what you don’t have.
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