Monday, March 18, 2013

A Tip for Happiness

I have a declaration: Teaching at the Navy Base is hard. Without going into detail, it's just a very different population than I'm used to, and after last week, I wanted to buy these pencils in bulk.

Besides upping my wine intake, doing more Pilates, and taking nightly bubble baths, I've been on the lookout for other ways to increase happiness. I remembered the Happy documentary, which says research reveals that one way to increase happiness is to keep a gratitude journal. It says even the small act of noting three things for which you're grateful can substantially boost happiness. I've taken that idea and spinned it a bit: Each night, instead of journaling, Flavio and I lie in bed and ask each other: "What's the best thing that happened today?" Or, "What are some things you're grateful for today?" And you know what? This pillow talk helps! I find myself looking for things to be grateful for during the day, concentrating on the good instead of the bad. So, ask yourself: What are three things you're grateful for today? I'd say:
  1. Taking Guiri to play with her best friend, Poppy. No matter what the work day was like, you can't feel sad watching puppies play.
  2. Hanging in the kitchen drinking wine while Flavio makes dinner.
  3. Whispering in bed before falling asleep.

1 comment:

  1. I'm definitely going to start doing this with Kosea... its such a great idea... Thank you for sharing.

    love you Poodle


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