“When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” -Buddha
Recently my roommate, Emilie, went out of town for the week, and while she didn’t bring me back any souvenirs from El Paso, TX, she did bring back some great ideas. One of my favorite things about Em is that she is a wealth of information and inspiration. Our talks can go from last night’s episode of The Bachelor to how grateful we are for our families and the opportunities we’ve been given. Em brought back a new daily habit that has thankfully rubbed off on me, and I wanted to share it!
Every night before I go to sleep, I reflect on my day. There’s a great app called Notes to Self that gives you a layout and checklist of what to look back on, but I’m old school and like to journal. The goal is to write 3 things you’re grateful for, one reflection of good in your day, and one act of kindness you performed.
These things don’t have to be life changing. The goal is to realize that there’s always something to be grateful for…we just often overlook it. Whether you spilled coffee all over your dress (speaking from personal experience), sat in bumper to bumper traffic, or just had a really bad day, make a point to find the good.
As an example, I’m sharing my reflection from yesterday. I hope this gives you some inspiration and a starting point! To really commit to this, pick an app or buy a new journal and dedicate a specific time every day for reflection. Spending just a few minutes focusing on the positive will remind you what makes you happy and help you develop patterns to repeat those actions every day.
My reflection: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
My random act of kindness: Texting Sam, my (not-so-little) little brother, and wishing him a happy first day back to school
Three things I’m grateful for: 1) late night decorating with my roommate, 2) people who feel close even when they’re far away, 3) coworkers who make me laugh