Keep a gratitude journal. ~Eric Barker on Martin Seligman happiness technique
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Eric Barker quotes Scott Adams, who says it's more important to have SYSTEMS than GOALS:
Here are my notes from Scott Adams' new book:
A great system for improving happiness, by Eric Barker:
- Put a notepad and pen by the bed.
- Before you go to sleep each night, write down three things that happened that day which you’re thankful for.
- Then write a sentence about why each happened.
That’s it. Really. It takes a few minutes. And it works.
Here it is, explained by its originator, University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman.
Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well…Writing about why the positive events in your life happened may seem awkward at first, but please stick with it for one week. It will get easier. The odds are that you will be less depressed, happier, and addicted to this exercise six months from now.
The military even teaches Seligman’s gratitude techniques to soldiers.
Been on a few gratitude email lists for a while now. Just incorporated the idea of a "gratitude" tab for a Give and Take group I am working with. Thank you for all the pieces of information here. There are some applications with the Project Rebirth stuff I am doing as well. :-)
You are very welcome, James.
I do like to go back and look through my gratitude stash regularly, too:
It's good to have a system.