A few years ago, when I wasn’t in the chirpiest of places, I read about the three things… uh… thing in a glossy magazine. It sounded like nonsense; it sounded like psychobabble; it sounded like a futile endeavour… but I’m a lover of projects and list-making so I decided to give it a try. I figured it couldn’t do any harm.
And it didn’t.
In fact, it worked.
It really worked.Not sure what I’m talking about? Let me explain:
The three things thing involves noting down three things which made you smile that day, each and every evening. That’s it. That’s all.
Three things. They could be huge, big, significant things like a special occasion or some really great news; they could be tiny little, fleeting things like an unexpected text message or a hot cup of tea on a cold day; they could be a sweet smell, a pretty sunset, a bouncy song. Anything. As long as it gave you a momentary glow of happiness.
For the first couple of weeks, this is not as easy as it sounds. So many of us are in the mindset of looking for things to complain about, of dwelling on insults and irritations. It’s surprisingly difficult, at the end of a frustrating day, to recall three things which made you happy.
But after a little while, with a little bit of practise, you get into the habit of looking for the good stuff, of actively remembering the sweeter things which happen in your life, of spotting the previously elusive bright side.
Your gloom passes; your irritation mellows; your outlook becomes so much happier.
It’s lovely.So, it’s almost February and February is not always the best of months. February can be cold and wet and full of broken resolutions, tight purse strings and Valentine’s Day disappointments.
But it’s also a short month so it’s the ideal time to do a daily project – twenty-eight days isn’t much of a commitment.
And so I thought I’d do Three Things February. And I’d love if you would join me.
For a mere twenty-eight days, each evening we’ll blog about three things which made us smile (if you don’t have a blog, you can put your three things in the comments section of mine).
It doesn’t have to be a time-consuming project; you can write just three words per day if you want to. You can also write screeds and screeds explaining your choices. You can include pictures or not. It’s entirely up to you. I don’t even mind if you miss a day here and there – after all, this is about happiness, not stressful obligations!
The only rule is this: three things per day. No more and no less.
Please feel free to use these sidebar buttons (copy and paste the HTML beside them into your widget/sidebar section), to copy and use the banner I’ve included (twice!) mid-post, or to design your own:
The Snowdrops Sidebar (because February is all about pretty white flowers):
The Boy Friendly Sidebar:
So, come on, then: who’s with me?