Dr. Christine Carter is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is syndicated on the HuffingtonPost and PsychologyToday.com. In her blog today, she outlines and exercise for creating more happiness in your day:
“The power of this exercise often comes from writing down three good things that happened to you during the day. Here is the suggested practice:
- At about the same time each day (I recommend the evening, just before bed), take about 10 minutes to write down three things that went well for you.
- In addition to just jotting down what happened (e.g., “I finally finished a project I’d been procrastinating”) add some details, like what you did or said, or what others did or said.
- Focus on your feelings. How did you feel when the good thing happened? How did you feel afterwards? How do you feel now?”