Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Yesterday I was chatting with my sister on the phone. We talked a little about how the economic downturn seems to be affecting emotions and attitudes causing some to despair or get a little depressed. Between our nation's elections and its financial state, it's a wonder we haven't all dug a hole for ourselves and climbed in to get away from it all.

My sister shared some information that she heard at church from one of her friends that is considered their congregation's "resident therapist." The class was apparently talking about this very subject and the therapist gave some suggestions on how to be positive during these trying times. First, she suggested turning off the TV -- specifically the news. One needn't be a genius to figure out the benefit in that simple act. She then gave the following advise and I thought I would pass it on to you. At the end of each day ask yourself these three questions. You might even want to write the answers to these questions in a daily journal.

1.) What surprised me today?
2.) What moved me or touched me today?
3.) What inspired me today?

I loved this idea. I can truly see that by concentrating on these positive questions, you would start and end each day with a more grateful, happy heart. It's a different twist to a gratitude journal, but I think the end result would be similar... a more positive outlook on life. Just a thought...


lusciouschaos said...

Love this. I have been an election junkie and the negative way the media portrays the issues that are important to me has driven me crazy.
I will try this on my site for a few days.
Thank you for an inspired idea.

Dee said...

I like your idea- think positive and turn off the news! The election is ALMOST over!

MiaKatia said...

I am all about turning the news off, but I will have to see at the end of today what the answers to the other three are. I think this is a great idea.

Jenni said...

At the end of the day, I could at least be grateful that I didn't have to listen to the news, huh! :-)

Great advice. Thanks for the reminder!

Pudgeduck said...

I turned off the news for 2 days- couldn't stand not knowing what was happening. I know it is causing me stress! Will try her advice.

Shauna said...

I am thankful for the love and time you put into your blog :)