On Seeing The Positives

Some days I feel sad, or angry. Other days I feel happy, or excited.

All too often we will define our whole day by a single mood. Even if that mood changes. We may wake up feeling alert, positive and ready to take on the day, but by the time we get home from a bad and long ass day of work we’ll have forgotten that feeling. We’ll only remember how tired, frustrated, or fed up we feel.

You see, that’s because it’s much easier to find the negatives sometimes. The bad things are the sore thumbs that just have to make themselves known. Standing out and pushing aside those moments of happiness or achievement in the day. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Recently, in what I assume is a bid to help support the private therapy I’m having at the moment, Liam introduced a new routine to our day that I really hope we keep doing. It’s really simple, but I love it.

We sit down, and we list the great things about that day. Some days will be easier than others, but we will find the good bits and end the day focusing on them.

The positives don’t have to be monumental. They could be getting the amount of milk in your tea just right, or not having to shout any expletives at fellow commuters when driving to work. Or they can be bigger things, like taking pride in something you did (or didn’t) do.

They could be the turning point that changed what could’ve been a bad day into a good one. And kept it that way.

highly recommend you try it.

I now look forward to finding the good things in my day. I seek them out and try to remember them so we can talk about them before it’s time for bed. It’s a pretty great feeling, tbh.

Give it a go.

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6 Comments

  1. May 11, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Such a good idea. I started a gratitude journal a couple of weeks ago and I have to list three things every day – it’s hard on days when I work through lunch, get home late cos of public transport and don’t get to see Jenson before he goes to bed but I’ve managed three things every day so far.

    • Cat
      May 11, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      That’s a lovely idea…I might have to look into that! We all have those rushed off our feet days when we struggle to find time to be grateful or positive, but I do feel there’s always time for a little self reflection if we really try.

  2. May 13, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Love this – used to make an effort when I was younger and used to write in a journal to find 3 things I was grateful for each day, and it’s a habit I’m definitely going to try and get back. Makes you really appreciate the little things, keep spreading those positive vibes!! :-))

    – dani x
    dansy.co.uk

    • Cat
      May 13, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      That’s a lovely idea – I should probably write them down as well! x

  3. May 17, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    What a great idea! I used to fill in a gratitude journal every day before bed. Of course, life got in the way and I let that habit lapse. But I think I’ll take it up again, as it can so help with a low mood!

    • Cat
      May 17, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      It’s annoying how life does that sometimes, isn’t it? Definitely try and start it again as it does make a difference!

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