This is a tried and tested technique in boosting gratitude and happiness.
It was introduced to me about 10 years ago by a hypnotherapist I was working with. I used to text my friend who struggles with anxiety every day to make her do this because I’d found it so helpful.
She hated me a little bit. Imagine feeling at your lowest ebb and your friend sends you a “heeeey, what Three Positive Things happened today?” message. You’d want to punch that friend in the face. Somehow, she still agrees to hang out with me (I did it every day for months though??).
Anyway, hypnotherapist lady set me the challenge that each day I had to write down three positive things about the day, no matter how apparently trivial or how bad the day had felt overall. For example, I went to see her one day after a dreadful day in work where I was feeling really rather despondent. She asked me if I could recall pausing at any point that day and drinking a cup of tea. I could. It was a brief reprieve from a shitty day…like a hug in a mug. So that was one Positive Thing.
Get it? If your day was dreadful, it’s basically about finding the tiniest exception. It’s not ground breaking, but it does help.
Stage 2 is listing three things you are looking forward to for tomorrow. You might have a day ahead that you’re dreading because you have a meeting pending with your least favourite client…So perhaps you’re looking forward to leaving the office tomorrow when the meeting will be done and it will no longer be on your mind.
So here are today’s Three Positive Things:
- The baby and I paddled in the sea today and it made her giggle.
- My husband and I had a nice cwtch (we’re married, we have a small person, we don’t really do touching anymore because it’s a bit gross and it made me pregnant).
- I went for a walk along the sea front ON MY OWN this evening. It was bliss to be on my own; the thing I miss the most being a parent. I spent an hour strolling in the very warm summer air, taking in the smells of flowers I walked past and standing to watch the beautiful, merging shades of blue and purple as I looked across at the glassy surface of the sea. Not a toddler poo in sight.
Three Things for Tomorrow:
- I am going to the beach with the girls from baby group and it will be good to socialise.
- I am going to buy a sun lounger so I can use the back garden during ma’am’s nap time.
- I am looking forward to seeing my baby’s excited face when her Daddy comes home from work (even though his status of Favourite Parent is well annoying).
Go on. Do it. You know you want to.