Write Down Happy Things!


We have all had days which were simply ... crap. Even the smallest thing you can imagine decided that it should go wrong. Your car won't start. Office won't open. Your WiFi broke. Your favourite shirt got eating by the washing machine. Your pencil broke. The data-stick with your long story has a glitch. And, of course, you cut your finger with a knife.

In your mind the best thing is to drag your tired body back home and curl up in a far corner. Suddenly, all the bad things that have ever happened to you come floating back, reminding you of the time you farted and sneezed at the same time in school. Or when you spelled your own name wrong because you were nervous.

Now, let's be serious, days like the above are rare. Yes, they exists, and yes, they suck. Big time. Usually, you'll have days and even weeks when it is a mix of the two. The other week I had such a horrible day when everything decided to go wrong. I wrote endless pages into my diary complaining about it, complaining that, of course, the coffee machine had to break today. Why can't I think of a reasonable way to plug that blog post? Really Sir Cat, did you have to throw up in my new shoes?

Then I went to bed, cursing the world and the universe. I woke up the next day, went into it and it was all right. The day after this was even good. And the one after that was much better! I had had brilliant moments, and fantastic moments. I was brimmed with energy and motivation. Until, inadvertently something silly happened ... again.

So, I grabbed my diary again, ready to scribble things into it. Angry and frustrated things. This is when I noticed something: When I started writing diaries, I used to write into them every single day. Even if it was just "today was quite boring and nothing happened. I petted the cat. Status: A-okay."

Lately I had only used it to get rid of frustration and whine about my shirt that shrunk in the washing machine. When I would leaf through I got the impression that everything was rubbish.

While there is a point to writing off frustration, I really think that only doing that is not the right way. You already get hung up on small faults. But I had a brilliant day, with only a minor crack in it. I should write it down as such!


I grabbed the nearest pencil and set off. Of course, I started with the crack. I explained what it was, and why it bothered me. As I was writing, it began to wear off. Suddenly the crack was nothing more than a scratch that you could polish out.

Instead of stopping, I decided to go on. I wrote about the amazing chat I had with a friend, that I was really excited about the new story idea, or that the weather is lovely now and the flowers start to bloom. I wrote about someone enjoying my writing, and most of all, that I could pet a dog while at work. Brilliant!

A hard to capture but adorable dog
Suddenly, the day was represented the way it should have been. As a wonderful and joyous day, with only a minor fault.

I decided that from now on I am going to write down happy things when they happen. It is never going to be "that day was nice, I don't need to write into the diary." It is going to be "that day was nice, that's why I need to write into my diary!"

Write down the happy things! I can't stress this enough.

Even if you have an absolute crap day that could only get worse and worse, remember that tomorrow is going to be better. ❤

9 comments :

  1. A motivational post yet again! And yes, we always get stressed over little things when at the end of the day, our lives still have to go on. All we can hope is for a better day tomorrow and the future. x Ain

    www.captaineverland.co.uk

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    1. Very true, and chances are good that the next day will be better Xx

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  2. I agree with this post completely! It's so important to write down happy things so you can look back at them and they will remind you 💖

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  3. I couldn't agree more! Journalling is a great way to vent out but making sure you also record your positive times is so essential! Great post!

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  4. That's such good advice, to be honest I find that when blogging I feel so relaxed and calm, probably because I am writing about positive things :) Really need to use my bujo more for this <3

    sophieannetaylor.com

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I also found that writing a blog about happy things - or in my case, sharing silly stories - helps me relax :)

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  5. Couldn't agree more with this, to often all the good things can get lost in one shit thing that might happen during the day. Writing it down is a fantastic way to make sure we still celebrate the good things. thank you for sharing <3

    Nicole Xx
    www.mysurvivalcollective.com

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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