Not everyone knows this about me, but I can be a bit angsty. Not out-and-out negative or depressed, by any means. Let’s just say that, sometimes, I find contentment a challenge.
A friend of mine told me about a daily ritual that she’s practicing based on this Ted Talk by Shawn Achor. She’s doing these three simple things every day:
1. Write down three things that you’re grateful for. You have to think of three new ones every day – no repeats.
2. At the end of the day, write about one thing that happened that made you happy.
3. Do one random act of kindness. This could be a simple as giving someone a sincere compliment or sending an email to one of your contacts to thank them for something they’ve done.
That’s it! The idea behind the ritual is that it forces you to constantly focus on the positive things in your life as you search for things to be grateful for, notice the events that make you happy, and think of an act of kindness to perform each day. She swears that she’s been happier since she started, so I’ve decided to try it with her. It certainly can’t hurt.
Anyone else game?