YOUR Happiness Project: Keep a one-sentence journal.
This is a wonderful project for anyone wanting to lift their mood. It’s called a One Sentence Journal and it’s my favourite “Happiness Project” Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit.
Taking the time each day to write a single sentence in a journal seems too simple, but it’s a wonderful thing to do. I started keeping a one-sentence journal because I knew I would never be able to keep a proper journal with lengthy entries. I just don’t have the time or energy to write a long entry – even two or three times a week. Instead, each day, I write one sentence (well, actually, I type on the computer) about what happened that day to me. No matter what I always make sure that what I write has a positive aspect to it.
“I spent time outside in the beautiful springtime sun and listened to the birds singing”
(That was my entry for today.. )
Why not join in? I like keeping a one-sentence journal because it’s a manageable task, so it doesn’t make me feel burdened; it gives me a feeling of accomplishment and progress. It also helps keep happy memories vivid (because I’m much more inclined to write about happy events than unhappy events), which boosts my happiness; and it gives me a reason to pause thinking lovingly about my life.
One thing is true: we tend to overestimate what we can do in the short term, and underestimate what we can do in the long term, if we do a little bit at a time. Writing one sentence a day sounds fairly easy, and it is; at the end of the year, it adds up to a marvellous record.
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