3 Positive Things

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For exactly one month now, I have been challenging myself to write down three positive things from the day every night before bed. Sometimes I get stuck in a negative rut, and that can affect my sleeping. For a long time, I have found writing down anything worrying me before bed can help me drift off better. It’s like I’ve got them down and out of my system, so they no longer need to remain floating around my head. But only recently have I thought that writing the happy things down would help too. And boy, does it.

I decided the best way to encourage me to do it, would to be to buy a pretty notebook/diary. I found mine in Oliver Bonas. It’s the One Line a Day: 5 Year Memory Book, but it actually has 5 lines for each day. That’s the perfect amount of space for my three positive thoughts. And it looks so pretty on my bedside table which definitely helps! At first I wanted it to be a bit of a self-esteem boost, so that each night I remembered I wasn’t worthless and I could achieve things. I planned to write down three things I had done well or achieved that day. But some days that was very hard. I could always think of one or two but three was a struggle. Then, ironically, that would just make me feel worse about myself. Instead I decided, I would write down three things – either things I did well or achieved or things that had made me happy. This makes for a good boost of self-esteem and happiness.

Some days, I still struggle. I think from the last 30 days I’ve been doing it, at least five days I’ve only managed two things. But it really forces you to look for the good in the day – even if it’s as small as a nice text from a friend or a good cup of tea you made. It forces the negative out of your mind before sleep, and pushes in those little happy moments. And I’ve long been an advocate that it’s the little things in life that are the best and that will make the greatest memories.

I know this isn’t quite how you’re supposed to use the Oliver Bonas diary. Inside it’s laid out so that you have a page per day and then five lines for each of the next five years. You’re supposed to write something small from each day each year and then you can compare what you do across the years and how far you’ve come. Mine might not work exactly the same but I think it will be such a nice thing to look back on if I can manage to commit to it for the next five years. It will be strange to see what changes in my situation, but also what changes in what I think makes me happy and what feels like an achievement. I really hope that as I go along it will get easier, that will truly show me that I am on my journey to becoming a more positive person.

I seriously recommend giving this a go, I know it’s really hard to squeeze something extra into bedtime routines – it’s always such a struggle to get to bed on time anyway. But I do think that thinking positive thoughts helps me get to sleep quicker, and puts me in a better mood both before bed and when I wake up. And it honestly only takes two minutes max. Good luck!

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  1. 22nd February 2016 / 7:23 pm

    I love this idea 🙂 I tried doing the thing where I write down a happy memory of each day and keep the slips in a jar but I keep forgetting! And I also have one of those line a day books (mine is three years though), but I keep forgetting to write in that too! This has definitely inspired me to get back into recording my happy memories 🙂 I love the idea that one day I can give my kids something and say, “This was what made me happy when I was your age”.

    Kelly // Velvet and Vibranium

    • Kerrina
      22nd February 2016 / 8:54 pm

      It is hard to remember, I keep mine on my bedside table so I always see it before I go to sleep! Yes that is such a lovely idea x

  2. 22nd February 2016 / 10:28 pm

    I thought about getting one for myself this year but it was already sometime in January. Then I ordered it but it would’ve been shipped around mid/end February and I cancelled it. I know that you can start it at any day of the year but I’m one of these people who want to start something on January 1st. I also didn’t want to do it in retrospect. I’m definitely planning on getting it for next year. I think the hardest part is to actually do in everyday, though. Which is kinda silly, since it only takes a few minutes. It’s a good idea that you put it somewhere where you can see it before you go to bed. And who cares if you use it in another way – everyone is creative in their own way. 🙂

    xx Hailey – http://www.haileyjaderyan.com / http://www.instagram.com/haileyjaderyan

    • Kerrina
      24th February 2016 / 6:49 pm

      I totally agree but you can definitely start any day of the year. My one from Oliver Bonas allows you to enter in the year each day so it doesn’t matter where you start and end. I’d definitely recommend it! X

  3. 24th February 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I have one of these too! I always forget to write my day in, but I’ve managed to keep it up since last year and it’s really cool to read what I did a year ago. It’s great for being positive about your day : )
    Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

    • Kerrina
      24th February 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Ah amazing, I can’t wait til I’m one year in! x

  4. 25th February 2016 / 10:09 am

    What a fab idea! I am currently going through a stage in my life where I have no idea whether I’m coming or going and whilst I’m trying my hardest to see the good, there are days where I really struggle. I think I’m gonna order something similar to this.
    Bee | QueenBeady.com

    • Kerrina
      26th February 2016 / 8:56 pm

      Do it! It’s honestly really improved the end of every one of my days x

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