Positivity on paper

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One thing I do each day is to make a quick note in my paper diary (not my smartphone!..).  A note to acknowledge to myself what has made me happy and grateful each day.  Some have ‘happiness jars’.  It’s such a tonic and makes me focus on the good stuff.  I used to do something similar when I experienced depression years ago.  That’s not to say that I’m feeling depressed.  It’s just to get into the habit of looking at the good in any situation.  As we go from day to day, through the motions, we often find that we face challenges (even mundane ones like ‘simply’ getting out of the house on time!).  I know that I do!

Given that my blog rarely (if ever) features down-trodden writing or negativity, and given that my blog is all about positivity, I thought it would be good to share this approach with you all.  Okay, so it might not be ‘writing’ in the strictest sense of the word but I am physically writing down positive thoughts.  Sort of affirming them forever 🙂

What do you do to focus on the positive each day?

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  1. It’s true, sometimes it can be difficult to remember something good to come out of a day, but stopping for a moment to recognise just one thing (no matter how small) can be incredibly positive.

  2. As a family we have a happy memories jar which we all add to whenever we like with ‘happy things’ big and small. I’ve put all last years memories in a scrapbook with photos (I have a feeling it’s the sort of thing you would love!) and looking through it is such a tonic. It almost re-writes history in a way by focussing on the good and not mentioning all the tricky stuff but I’m totally fine with that! It makes me appreciate everything good in my life and for my kids I think it’s wonderful for them to learn to see the positive in things. I’m totally with you on positivity Carol – lovely post. Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

  3. That’s a really nice idea. I’ve recently started keeping a paper diary again to get myself more organised, and this would be a lovely thing to add. I’m generally pretty good at focusing on the positive – having suffered from depression myself in the past – but there’s definitely no harm in noting down some details! 🙂

  4. I admit that sometimes it is hard to focus on the positive but I do my best. I don’t write things down and I don’t intentionally look for positivity. Or at least I don’t think I do. It’s the little things that brighten my day, like my children’s laughs or a hug from the Hubby. x

  5. I love that your blog is always positive. I’m very conscious of the negativity in my own posts so coming to a lace designed to express positivity is refreshing.
    Your journal idea sounds fab. Writing on paper always feels more liberating than tapping away on a smartphone. X

    • Thanks Chrissie and what I love about blogging is that you get so many different posts from, ultimately, like-minded people/bloggers. All trying to get to the same destination – to write! Oh and I’ve experienced the ‘black dog’ of yester year but am not blase about it all which is part of the reasons this blog came about in the first place x

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