For those who are not aware, this year I am embarking on a happiness project. In January, I sang every day with S. In February, I attempted to address my health and fitness. This month, I will be working on gratitude.
In my podcast last week, I talked about how gratitude and generosity can help us to be happier. In particular, I referenced a Ted Talk by Shawn Achor where he says that keeping a gratitude journal for 21 days can actually train one’s brain to look for the positive in a situation – and that can help us to be more happy. If you’re looking at the positive side of any given situation, you’re more likely to be happy than someone whose glass is half empty.
My plan is to keep a sort of online gratitude journal, by updating my Facebook page each evening with three good points about my day. I know this is something a few friends have been doing on and off lately, and I really want to give it a go.
Having learned from endless reading about mental health and depression, I will also give myself a happiness score out of 10 each day – and will plot myself a nice, pretty graph. This way, I can see if the practise of focusing on 3 positive things each day really does have an effect on my mood; the graph should go upwards!
I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out; it’ll be interesting to see how successful I am at finding 3 positives in each day. I think some will be a lot easier than others!
As with all of my challenges, everyone is welcome to join me in this, either by tagging me in your own Facebook post, or commenting on mine – or heck, just go ahead and do it without tagging me. I’d love to hear how you get on if you do try it though.