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What Went Well for You Today?

November 10, 2011

A few times a week I get these great little tips from my friends at Navigating Life’s Journey. With their permission, I’m going to pass some of these tips along to you. Use them to think about how you can improve your life, and to guide you in your goal setting efforts…

Today’s thought: In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman says, “Insufficient appreciation and savoring of the good events in your past and overemphasis of the bad ones are the two culprits that undermine serenity, contentment, and satisfaction.”

How it Applies to You: We all tend to dwell on the negative in our lives and overlook the good. This naturally leads to a life of restlessness, discontent, and unhappiness. If instead we make consistent efforts to notice and appreciate what went well, we will experience more joy.

An Idea for a Goal: Start a gratitude journal. Through the day, scribble reminders of the things that have gone well-maybe a new insight, a fun conversation, or a lovely snack. Before you go to bed each night, be sure you’ve written down at least two things that went well. As you dose off, reflect on the best times of your day.


My Two Cents: Remember, part of being successful is showing gratitude for all the wonderful things we enjoy. Make sure to take the time to tell the people who make your life worth living “thank you”, and never miss an opportunity to express gratitude for the blessings in your life.

Happy goal getting,


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