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What went well for you today?

November 11, 2011

Here’s a great idea …

In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman says, “Insufficient appreciation and savoring of the good events in your past and overemphasis of the bad ones are the two culprits that undermine serenity, contentment, and satisfaction.”

In other words …

We all tend to dwell on the negative in our lives and overlook the good. This naturally leads to a life of restlessness, discontent, and unhappiness. If instead we make consistent efforts to notice and appreciate what went well, we will experience more joy.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …

Start a gratitude journal. Through the day, scribble reminders of the things that have gone well—maybe a new insight, a fun conversation, or a lovely snack. Before you go to bed each night, be sure you’ve written down at least two things that went well. As you dose off, reflect on the best times of your day.

To find out more …

about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife, or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read Authentic Happiness.

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