In my Positive Psych class we did an exercise that got me thinking. The exercise was first done on a group of people who were severally depressed (like, couldn't get out of bed in the morning severe). They were asked to write down three things that happened to them that day that were good, every day, for some span of time. After it was over, 94% of them felt more hope and saw their depression symptoms get better.
I wrote down these three things: 1. I had a nice chat with my mom. 2. My mom bought me lunch. 3. I got some good feedback on my blog.
I got done with mine quicker than most, and started thinking about a few things. First off, in case I haven't said this before, I'll say it now, my mom rocks hard. In our chat she showed me some material that her and my sister had bought to make 'receiving' blankets for the baby. My wife didn't want to find out what we're having, so the two of them bought material for both genders. Not just for two blankets though. They bought material for, I think, twelve blankets all together. Something like, 5 girl blankets, 4 boy blankets, and 3 that were gender neutral. My mom says there were just too many cute ones to choose from. This is so typical of the two of them. They get so excited about things in life that will bring joy to themselves or others.
After I thought about my mom and sister for a while, I thought about my third thing. The Blog. I only started three months ago, but have been so very impressed by the community that I find here. I've been to a few other places on the Internet, and have found so much negativity and anger. Yet, here at ol' blogspot, I've found none of that. Sure, we all complain about things that aren't going right, but there is always a kind comment, or a funny remark to make it all not seem so bad. I'd like to thank all of my blogger friends here. Thanks for laughing with me and writing encouraging things, both in the comments and on your own blogs. I think we sometimes help more than we think we do.
It was pretty amazing how it felt to think of what was going right. I really do have a very good life. After we wrote them down, we all had to share one of the things that had gone right that day. It was amazing to hear what everyone had to say, and even more amazing to feel the energy that was built in the room. So, if you feel so inclined, I'd like it if people would write down something that is going right for them down in the comments (or really you can write whatever you want, even if it's something that's going wrong). Anyway, have a nice day.