A few days after 2013 began, I stumbled across the following tweet by Zack Shapiro:
Hey @liftapp users, I’d love to build a community within “Write three positive things about today.” Give it a try!
— Zack Shapiro (@ZackShapiro) January 4, 2013
For those of you who may not know, Lift is an app for the iPhone that helps you set, track, and achieve goals. You choose goals that you want to try and keep, and then check them off every day that you meet them. For example, one of my goals is to eat breakfast every day, because for a very long time I have been in the habit of skipping a morning meal. Lift has been a great way for me to track my progress and hold myself accountable for meeting the goal.
Anyway, I saw the tweet above, and checked out the goal for writing three positives about today. It seemed like a really cool idea, and is exactly what it sounds like. At the end of every day, or sometimes the next morning, I write three things that were positive about the previous day. It’s a great way to make yourself look at things in a more positive light. Even if you had a “bad” day, you still have to find not one, but three good things that happened. In the end, what you may have thought was a bad day, might not seem so bad after all.
Another neat thing about Lift is that it tells you how long your current streak is for every goal. I’m in the middle of a 42-day streak for this goal, and I’m hoping to keep it up for the entire year. One thing that I think will be cool after a few months of this will be to look back at each thing that I’ve written.
While keeping up with this goal, I’ve noticed that the positives I tend to write are often things that I’d consider “small.” These may be as simple as, “played FIFA with friends,” or “had time to read A Game of Thrones.” However, they’re the things that I see as positives every day. This observation has given me a greater appreciation for the little things in life.
I’d love to hear if anyone is keeping a similar goal. Let me know in the comments.