Five Good Things

Counting three blessings is good. Counting five is even better.

Write down three good things in your life every day to improve your Happiness. That is what Martin Seligman suggested based on his research about Happiness. Being the founder of Positive Psychology and the former president of the American Psychological Association, he can be considered a very reliable source. So three positives is good. Five positives are even better. In their publication Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life, Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough discovered that super-sizing the number of blessings you count each day has even more benefits. This why we encourage students in Happiness 101 to do this as a “Home Opportunity” (we don’t like to call it Home WORK, because that sounds too much like “work”).

I used to write my five things in my journal every day but then one day on a whim started sharing them on Facebook. Then I realized I have an internet presence in five different places, so why not spread the love?

For the other four positives, go to:

Happiness 101 Facebook Fan page
Twitter account)
My Facebook page
Happiness 101 page.

Feel free to share your own positives – here, there or everywhere.

~Frank Clayton, Licensed Professional Counselor

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