This week all students are encouraged to focus on the good things that happen in a day. During our homeroom time after lunch all students will be doing an activity called THREE GOOD THINGS. To learn more go to this slideshow students saw today.
Another great exercise we introduced to some classes is to take 5 seconds, every hour, on the hour to wish someone to be happy. This short audio clip explains how this works.
It is a busy time of year and it is important to take time to reflect on all the good things that happen. These two exercises help us see the good stuff more. Everyday there is more joy in our school than negative things. We need to make sure we are intentional in seeing it and recognizing it.
Each day for at least one week, write down three things that went well for you that day, and provide an explanation for why they went well. It is important to create a physical record of your items by writing them down; it is not enough simply to do this exercise in your head. The items can be relatively small in importance (e.g., “my co-worker made the coffee today”) or relatively large (e.g., “I earned a big promotion”). To make this exercise part of your daily routine, some find that writing before bed is helpful.
As you write, follow these instructions:
Give the event a title (e.g., “co-worker complimented my work on a project”)
Write down exactly what happened in as much detail as possible, including what you did or said and, if others were involved, what they did or said.
Include how this event made you feel at the time and how this event made you feel later (including now, as you remember it).
Explain what you think caused this event—why it came to pass.
Use whatever writing style you please, and do not worry about perfect grammar and spelling. Use as much detail as you’d like.
If you find yourself focusing on negative feelings, refocus your mind on the good event and the positive feelings that came with it. This can take effort but gets easier with practice and can make a real difference in how you feel.