We moan about work, school, how this person gets on our nerves, how that person hasn't responded to your text - yada yada yada.
I realised a few months ago that, like many people, I was getting bogged down in the negatives.
As someone whose middle name is literally Merrythought (I'm not kidding - thanks Mum and Dad), I knew this downcast mentality had to go!
So I started a happy jar. Well, actually it's a happy 1.75L Coca Cola bottle, but that's not quite as snappy. Every time something nice happens to me, I write it down on a little piece of paper, fold it up and put it in the bottle.
I hate to sound like some poncey self-help guide, but having done this every day for several months, I have really begun to think more positively about my life. I've started to appreciate the little things more, and I'm also starting to realise that you shouldn't expect too much from people and things. You've just got to take things as they come, or you end up disappointed/annoyed that things didn't work out the way you had planned.
For example, it's no good writing "I can't wait to see Jane on Thursday, omg we're going to have so much fun and it will be amazing!!!", because then if you have a lousy time with Jane, when you eventually open up your happy jar, you'll feel rubbish that you were so excited for something which didn't work out. Better examples: "My boss is really nice, actually" or "The bus driver was sweet to let me on without my oyster card" or even "I roasted a chicken today for the first time!".
Today's Happy Jar Thought: I'm enjoying getting back into blogging!