Small things can make a big difference.
One small idea helped severely depressed people feel better. They went from being severely depressed (unable to get out of bed in many cases) to either being moderately or mildly depressed after practicing a simple technique for 14 days.
If severely depressed people can be helped, what about people who are just feeling down or are not as happy as they want to feel?
This small idea can make a big difference.
Dr. Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, asked severely depressed participants to write down 3 good things that happened during the day. These were not big things but just good things. “The sun came out today.” “Alice called to say hello.” “I read a chapter in a book my therapist recommended.” 3 good things that you notice during the day.
This technique is deceptively simple, but surprisingly effective. The results have been replicated time and again in peer reviewed studies.
Dr. Seligman says, “When we take the time to notice the things that go right, it means we are getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day.”
The things we focus on expand.
American author and success coach, Jen Sincero, says, “Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into reality.”
Robert Collier says, “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”
Noticing 3 good things each day can make you feel better; there is no downside. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.