January 17 2020
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness-it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”
As humans, we are prone to notice the negative things in life instead of the positive things. Primitively speaking, this makes sense because scanning the environment for threats rather than looking for the positive or neutral, kept you alive a little longer. Unfortunately, this has left modern day humans vulnerable to negative thinking patters. Fortunately, the human brain’s neural plasticity allows us to change this automatic and instinctual way of thinking with a simple daily exercise. The “Three Good Things” gratitude exercise has you reflect at the end of the day and write down three good things that happened. Even bad days consist of somethings we can feel good about. When we teach our brains to start seeing the positive and/or neutral things that happen in our daily life, we slowly change the brain connections to scan for positive instead of negative.
Here is a 1-minute video of Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology, explaining the “Three Good Things” exercise.