Three Good Things
This is an exercise Lisa Napoli described in her charming book, Radio Shangri-La : What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. The book is about her adventures in Bhutan while helping a group of young people start the country’s first youth-oriented radio station – Kuzoo FM . She was introduced to the exercise in an experimental workshop in positive psychology while struggling through a midlife crisis in Los Angeles. It’s called Three Good Things and is very simple:
Keep a notebook by your bed and every night.
Before you go to sleep, review your day and jot down three things that happened that were good.
Little things count: A nice interaction with a store clerk or someone in an elevator, a red apple you enjoyed eating, noticing a pretty tree, wearing a pair of earrings you like, the small victory of figuring out how to fix something, getting the water in your morning shower to the perfect temperature, having a good poop.
Big good things are great but most of life happens in the spaces between monumental events.