I was watching this Ted talk today (actually my first full one ever) on Happiness and there's this 21 day exercise I want to do. Will I always do it on my blog? Nunca se sabe. But today I am.
For 21 days, write 3 new things I'm grateful for and one positive experience from the last 24 hours.
1) the sun shining (shoot, that's going to be hard not to use again because, heaven help me, I'm so dang grateful for the sun every. single. day. that it's out.)
2) that I was productive today. That I did something I don't exactly love- wrap a thousand and one presents- and that I feel very accomplished after doing it. #ICanDoHardThings even though I prefer not to because I'm also the girl who wants her cake and to eat it too.
3) my blog. I was reading through some random previous posts and one was about the kids and I playing tennis (which I remember these days I was writing about and the kids were only 2, 3, 6, and 7) while I took them to The Desert and how they said that was their favorite part of the day. If I could do that alone when they were that little and they loved it, I could and should certainly be doing it more now that they're older and more manageable. And I never do. So when the kids got home from school, I was all, "Alright let's go play tennis in a minute." We were all in and it was going to happen. And then Yosh came home unexpectedly and took them all to open court to shoot basketball. But intentions. And almost happening. Still feeling grateful about it all and guess what? I'm the one who gets to determine if something gets to make the grateful list or not!
K, onto a positive experience in the last 24 hours.
Well I already used up me wrapping so many gifts today. That was positive. Does me double mentioning it let on to what a mental battle that task is for me?
But for real, another positive experience. I'm thinking. I wonder if in 21 days an experience will come to my mind quicker.
I got one. So I got a phone call yesterday saying Yosh had volunteered me to do some service deal for a Christmas project. Of course, at first I was bugged because I'm a bi and don't like people telling me what to do, but I was given the option to accept or reject and I decided to accept. When a couple came over to drop off the money and list for the project, we had a nice little chat and it was great to interact with adult humans (something I don't do as often as I should but 100% of the time ends up being very refreshing.) In our chat, they told me I should probably call the family I was buying for to get more clarity on their list. Today I called that family (something out of my comfort zone) and had a super quick chat with the guy and it made me feel like a million bucks to be a liaison in helping them.
It was a positive experience because a) it pushed me out of my everyday routine which I'm a 100% fan of change of pace but push away change and interaction and all good things for me like you wouldn't believe and b) I could literally feel the dopamine injection.
Maybe this happiness project will also teach me to not be my own worst enemy!