Being a positive and optimistic person is crucial to live a life of happiness and success. This is not a newfound discover but it often gets lost throughout the course of our busy days. Especially for us here on the east coast, it is very easy to get caught up in an impatient and hostile attitude. There are several ways to combat these thoughts though and today I will be talking about one of the most important tools on our side.
A proven way to help enhance a positive attitude is by maintaining a positive experience journal. This is basically a journal or book filled with all of the good things that happened to you throughout that day/week. This is effective for three major reasons. The first is that it helps your brain think back through your day in search of the good things that happened. Through this navigation, your brain tends to block out a lot of the negative things since its purpose is to remember the good things.
Second, getting to write down all of the good things that happened to you makes it that much more real. These things don’t need to be life altering. Things such as less traffic then usual or someone in the coffee shop giving you a nice smile all suffice as positive entries. By writing all of these things down, you begin to adopt a new approach and start seeking out small little things that make you happy.
Third, by keeping this record of all these good times in your life, you now have a reference when you think life is getting bad. By being able to look back on these good experiences, you can now boost your own morale to get through a tough time or even remind yourself where happiness can be found.
Now this all may seem like a silly idea but it is proven to work. So much so, that the United States Army has adopted this technique as a lesson that it teaches in its Master Resiliency School. This school teaches leaders how to become master resiliency teachers and this is one of the prime techniques taught to keep soldiers motivated and optimistic, especially while over seas.
I will be leading by example by posting a positive journal entry once every week. This will help me maintain a positive approach while also giving me a place to look back on for positive experiences. I challenge you to do the same thing and to share with me some of the awesome experiences that you have had throughout the week!