The Happy News Book

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In January of 2012, I started a new concept of personal reflection.  I call it my “Happy News” book, and it just consists of writing down three to five positive things that happened each day.  I will admit that I have had days where it is difficult to write three positive things.

For example, “took a walk” in November, 2012.  It must have been a rough day for me for some reason.  I also found this doozy from March 2012, “Today is Friday and my boss is out of town- so that is good”.

I also ran across some that refer to my friends at the CLC.

Aug 2012- “Went to the Aquarium with the CLC Veterans.  Had a great time.  Mr. S. knew the name of almost every fish!”

May 2013- “Mr. W. said that he used to have a little sailboat and sail in the harbor when he was a teenager in the 1930’s.”

I have kept a journal since I was in the fifth grade.  That is when my mom gave me her copy of “The Diary of Anne Frank” to read.  I immediately found an empty journal and started writing my own thoughts onto paper.  That book was such an inspiration, and I am very thankful that her Father had it published.  I still have every journal, and it is pretty adorable to reread as an adult.  Well, except my middle school years- they were pretty rough.  Those were not that adorable to read.

Changing my journals to positive/good/happy news books has made me look for those parts of my day.  When you have a journal, it is easy to beat yourself up with your writing.  It is easy to start a downward swirl of self-loathing/pity/depression.  Always writing about your problems or negativity.

I am around enough sadness, that I knew actively looking for the beauty in each day would help me keep balance.  So far, it has worked!  I started to see a shift in where I saw the beauty in my day.  It shifted to noticing happiness and joy others experience.  I would write that it was a great day for me because Mr. S. was able to walk down the hallway today.

It wasn’t that I was self-absorbed before, this new way of keeping a journal just allowed me to see my personal growth a different way.  It was a surprise when I noticed the trend, a happy surprise.



One thought on “The Happy News Book

  1. This is a great idea! I have a friend who is an author and motivational speaker. She advocates the “Three Good Things” concept of ending each day with reciting three things that were positive about your day. Her name is Erika Oliver, and you might enjoy her stuff. Her books are available on Amazon.

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