Last May I started a journal (generally I hate keeping journals because after a week or so I have abandoned it). This journal was different. After a particularly bad day last year I was talking to a friend on the phone who told me that she would hang up on me unless I told her one positive thing that had happened that day. Over the next few days she continued to prompt me for more positivity. Then I decided to keep a record of this for myself, so I grabbed a notebook.
While there have been a lot of ups and downs since I started, this has really helped me focus on the positive amongst a year of changes. There are obviously some bigger life events and frustrations that are not as easily forgotten but those little day to day annoyances are gone.
This is sort of the same way that my quote book works for me. I remember lots of very happy moments vividly because of a funny one liner.
This was not always easy though. There have been a few times I almost gave up on it completely and one day where all I wrote was "bacon". But the glory of the whole thing is that on that wonderful bacon filled day something was obviously bothering me, and to this day I can't think of what it was. All I know is that there was bacon and that it made me happy. Now it's time to start a new book!
Things that make me happy today: It's international Cat Day! (Seriously, it's real thing)
Flash is clearly eager to celebrate