One thing the author suggests is that every evening as you brush your teeth, you ask yourself five questions:
I am pants at remembering that list though, so I decided to just commit to thinking of three positive things about my day each evening as I brush my teeth. Sometimes the positive things are big things; sometimes they're small things. Last night my three things were:
- I have a new weekly column on a fantastic website - possibly the most exciting thing to happen since I started writing properly
- I had some lovely times with S after nursery - she showed off lots of new words and we had lots of cuddles
- I had a reasonably organised day with my work, and got a lot done
Depending on how you look at it, these could be massive things, or tiny things. All three are positive, though.
Some evenings it's easier to find three positive things than others. But research shows that if you do something like this, where you search for the positive points in your day, you actually train your brain to automatically look for the positive in any given situation - and that in itself just makes you a naturally more happy person. The glass is half full, and all of that.
So why don't you try it, right now. Tell me: what three positive things have happened for you today? If you can't do today, how about yesterday? Or in the last week?