Last weekend, a friend nominated me to detail three positive thoughts for five days. It’s the latest thing to be doing the rounds on Facebook.
I duly wrote my daily three positive thoughts, and in turn nominated three other friends on each of the five days.
Some of my positive thoughts include:
1. I am alive! This can never be overrated. Having suffered a life-threatening illness earlier this year, I really do appreciate still being here.
2. SANDS Australia shared my Start a Conversation about Baby Loss post on their Facebook page, generating many kind comments from other parents who have lost their babies. A friend said she’s using the same post for some bereavement training she’s doing. This post has been so resonant with many people, and I am very touched that Hugo’s legacy is reaching so far. It really does mean the world to me.
3. Going for a walk in the park, and stopping for cake.
4. A beautiful, sunny day.
5. A good gym session – it was my first for two weeks. Despite my legs aching on a particular machine and being tempted to give up, I persevered and completed my time. For once, there was even decent-ish music on the telly, rather than the dance noise that passes for music these days.
Facebook is often berated – justifiably so, if you see the bitching, moaning, trolling and scams that too often fill our newsfeeds. However, the ‘three positives for five days’ represent how social media can be used for constructive uses.
Research has shown that sustained, regular positive thinking can help improve your outlook on life, make you feel more confident, assert control over your life and achieve your goals. In short, make you feel happier.
Happiness is what we all strive for, isn’t it?
Many of us (myself included) can fall in to the trap of using social media to complain – about our jobs, our spouses, our families, our friends, our pets…anything, really. It can be cathartic, a useful way to vent and get our frustrations off our chests every so often.
Getting in to the habit of positive thinking – and seeing the positives in any situation, no matter how crap our day has been or how difficult the situation is – is bound to improve our happiness over the long term.
The ‘three positives for five days’ was a useful exercise for me. I am generally inclined towards being positive, but this year’s events have tested this inclination to the limit.
I enjoyed celebrating the small positives in each day. For me, it served as a reflection that many of greatest pleasures in life are also the simplest: sunshine, cake, a walk in the park.
Reflecting on the positives has made me feel a little bit happier.
It has felt good to feel positive, and reflect on what is good about each day. I’ve now finished my five days, but it is something I will try to do every day – if only in my head.
Hopefully my happiness will increase – proportionate with my positivity.
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