It seems like everything around us is constantly moving. You travel from one class to the next every 50 minutes, you have practice and work right after school, and after that, you work on homework into the late hours of the night. Your days can go by so fast that you tend to overlook all of the tiny, good things that happen and focus on the major things that happen. Until recently, I was mainly focusing on the negatives.
Because of how fast it seems everything is moving and how I often find myself getting bogged down in the negatives, I began a positivity journal. Each night before I go to bed, I take out my journal, date the page, and write down three things that day that made me smile. It can be something as simple as, “Went on a late night ice cream run with my sister!” or something as monumental as, “Got my acceptance letter into UW-Madison today!” Since I started doing this about a month ago I’ve felt a few things…
First off, I’ve felt more positive! (shocker I know!) Obviously, that’s the goal of my positivity journal, but I genuinely feel a lot more positive and happy throughout the day. I find myself being proud of myself for accomplishing something and also just being happy whenever one small thing goes my way. I’ve learned to appreciate the underrated, joyous things more, such as reconnecting with an old friend or spending the day organizing my room, and to not get too put down by other things, such as getting a B on my math quiz or having a lot of homework one night.
Since I’ve started my positivity journal, I’ve also felt like I have started to accomplish more on a daily basis. I spend my days trying to do more beneficial things so I can write away in my journal that night. I have felt more productive, wanting to cross off every item on my to-do list. I’ve started to actually want to study for that psychology test on Tuesday, and get that 50 question precalc MathXl done by 5 PM, so I can feel accomplished at the end of the day.
No, my positivity journal is not magic, and these changes certainly did not happen overnight. But since I started keeping this journal one month ago, I have slowly but surely felt like a more positive and productive person day-by-day. So I urge you to do the same and start a positivity journal! Focus on the little happy things that happen each day; life is too short to fall asleep thinking about all of the negative aspects of your days!