Find the Positives in a Bad Day

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could only have good days? All of our plans would turn out just the way we planned with no obstacles to get in our way. Unfortunately, that’s not how things work in the real world. Things break, we lose our keys and can’t get in the house, or our boss yells at us and makes us cry.

I do a self-development exercise every night before I go to bed, that allows me to find the positives in a bad day. This exercise is called What’s Going Right and Why. What are three things that happened in your day that went right? Let me give you some examples: I ate whole grain cereal and wheat toast for breakfast. Why? I want to eat healthier and have more energy. My husband got mad that I didn’t clean the house, and I wanted to get mad and yell back at him, but I didn’t. Why? Getting angry would just make things worse, and I knew if we talked after we had a chance to calm down, that we would come to a better solution.

Doing this exercise faithfully helps me realize that when everything seems to be going wrong, there are still a lot of good things happening in my life. Give it a try, and see if you can find the positives in a bad day. You’ll be a better person for making the effort.

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