Many of us have to make a conscious effort to find the good in each day. Don’t underestimate how challenging this can be sometimes. In times of utter despair it takes superhuman courage to say “Well at least I’m warm and cosy in my bed…” For example.
A while ago I swapped my symptom diaries for a diary of ‘Three Good Things’. Some days there were a whole host of ‘good’ things to write about but on other days it was a struggle to find just one.
I’ve upgraded my notebook of ‘Good Things’ to a ‘Little Book of Happiness’.
The idea was to take one photo each day and stick it in the book. Pictures can be easier than words sometimes. It’ll be more of a journal with receipts for things I managed to go and buy myself, or a card from a friend that made my day.
It soon became obvious that printing a photo a day was just a waste of paper. I really don’t do something photo worthy on a daily basis, so I do throw in the odd ‘three good things’ entry. Some days it does feel like the only good thing was that I tried to pick up a pen and think hard about what I can write down. My ‘good thing’ for that day then was surely that I tried to find something to write…even if there was nothing to be written other than that.
It looks quite juvenile and it’s not as well put together as it would once have been but it serves its purpose. And it gave me a good excuse to treat myself to the polaroid camera I’d always wanted!