Every Friday on my mental health community, I ask members what the best part of their week was. This is to get people thinking positively. It’s something we did every week in my Dialectical Behavior Therapy group, and it really helped me to see the good in just about any crappy week. Even my worst weeks had good news! Essentially, this is an exercise in expressing gratitude. There are two rules to the “Win of the Week” threads:
- Any good news, no matter how small it may seem, is acceptable.
- Even if it’s a stretch, it still counts.
Did you eat a delicious sandwich for lunch today? That counts. Did your son say something hilarious the other day? There you go. The smallest things that put a smile on your face count as good news. As a pessimist, I’ve used this activity for myself to say something positive every day. Now, I’m challenging you to do the same.
I’ve created this 15-Day Gratitude Challenge to encourage you to find something to be positive about every day. Try not to judge yourself for what you celebrate.
To keep track of your progress, you can either write in a notebook, share on social media with the hashtag #goodnewschallenge, or follow my daily posts on Instagram at @briannafae.blog. I’ll be posting the good news prompts every day for you to comment on, starting on November 15th, 2017. Feel free to mix up the order for these prompts as you see fit!
1. What was the best thing you ate today?
2. Who were you happy to talk to today? If no one, what was the best part about having the day to yourself?
3. How did you relieve some stress today?
4. What made you laugh today?
5. What song were you happy to listen to today?
6. What have you bought recently that made you happy?
7. What chores were you happy to get done today?
8. What’s something new that you tried today?
9. How did a stranger make you smile recently?
10. Which throwback picture made you smile today?
11. What was the best TV show you watched today?
12. What cool fact did you learn today?
13. What inspirational quote did you read recently?
14. What’s a good book that you’ve read recently?
15. How did you put someone in a better mood today?
I hope you walk away from this challenge a little more optimistic than when you first read this post. It’s not easy to find positives in a bad day, but with a little push, it’s possible.
Have a great day!