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  • Joan Rothchild Hardin

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.