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Three Good Things

I am currently completing some studies in Positive Psychology (The Science of Happiness) .. and as part of these studies have been undertaking regular weekly practices, to better understand some of the key scientific findings on happiness.

This past week my task has been to write down three things – every day – that went well for me. And for each of those events, to provide an explanation about why I thought it went well.

One example from my journal this week was, “being able to take a break in the middle of a busy day to share an hour with my dog at the local park .. exercise, sunshine and fresh air” .. another was “accepting an impromptu invitation to meet a friend of a friend .. and finding that we shared a lot in common and want to work together in the future (a new friend!)”.

It has been really lovely, and insightful, spending some time this weekend to read through and reflect on my …

21 notes of gratitude!

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace or gratefulness.
Gratitude is the thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude we have an opportunity to really acknowledge the goodness in our lives and recognise that the source of that goodness often lies (at least partially) outside ourselves.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness; helping people feel more positive emotions, deal with adversity, improve health and enjoy good experiences, social engagement and relationships.  The Three Good Things exercise can make positive thoughts and feelings more readily available and likely to arise.

The Three Good Things Exercise

Each day (I completed this each night before sleep) write about Three Good Things from your day following these guidelines:

1. Give the event a title (e.g., “Arrival of Spring, sunshine and exercise”)

2. Write down what happened in as much detail as possible, including what you did or said and, if others were involved, what they did or said.

3. Include how the event made you feel at the time, and afterwards.

4. At the end of the week, grab a cup of tea and take some time to read through your Good Things and reflect on how you felt the exercise went .. do you feel the week was a ‘good one’? did you find some unexpected happy events occur? would you consider continuing this exercise?

This is a beautiful life long practice .. a mindfulness practice where we pause and reflect on all the Good Things in life!