Monday, April 1, 2013

Little Bursts of Joy

I would like to share with you how I do my good news list.  I used to journal and write a lot of bad things, to work them out and get them off my chest.  Then I quit journaling altogether.  Lastly, I came up with the idea of just listing the good things.  At first it was just a sentence or two or something that happened.  If nothing seemed to be good, I looked over my day until I could find one aspect of a happening that was good and I wrote about that. 

After awhile, something funny happened.  On a very good day, (like the first day of spring,) the whole day was so good, positive, and full of joy that I did a whole page.  And then the Wed. after that, the same thing happened.  So my list is more like a journal now, except it is completely positive.

I say this to let you know that unhappy things, hurtful things, or "bad" things happen to me as well as to everyone.  I don't mean to sound like a Pollyanna because I'm not.  I just have been having so much fun doing the opposite of what I used to do. 

So if you want to try a good news list, just jot down a short sentence of something good or one part of an activity that was good.  Some days I was grateful for the sunshine.  Be brief and try to do it every day.  After a few weeks, go back and underline some of the highlights.  You will find some wonderful things.  And if you end up writing more sometimes, that's fine, too.  I truly look forward to putting down my little joyspots at the end of each day.


  1. This is a great idea. I check myself often - to make sure I am not dwelling on negative things, but this is a better idea! Plus, it's too easy to get overtaken by dreary thoughts or circumstances, and this practices a potentially lasting habit. So glad you shared! :)

  2. I use my gratitude jar to write down the things I am grateful for.

  3. Oh, I like this idea. I've been doing: Made My Day Moments.

  4. That's a great idea! I actually stopped journaling because it ended up just being me venting, which isn't very encouraging to reread. LOL

  5. Karen - I agree that it's easy to get those negative thoughts, but when you have to put down positive things, it makes a difference.

    Laura - A gratitude jar is a great idea.

    Susan - Your version is a wonderful way to do the concept.

    Jessica - That's what I was doing, and you're right.

    Thanks ladies.

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