“Have a Good Day”

Great day

Great day

No, it’s not another insipid platitude.  It’s your homework assignment.  It should actually be a mandate in each of our lives.

Here’s what you do.  Each day for 1 month, record what made that day a good day.  It can be a small thing or a big thing, such as “met with friend,” “discussed a project,” or “started a new job.”  Also, rate each day on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the most conceivably awesome day.

At the end of the month, review your entries for trends as to what made you the happiest.  Read between the lines a bit if you need to.  For example, my best days include having a meaningful conversation with a student, colleague, or acquaintance, or meeting with a good friend.  Both involve a connection.

Finally, the fun part:  include the things that make you happy into all of your days.

Simple.  Genius.  Wish I thought of it.  Rather, this exercise, “Have a Good Day” is from Christopher Peterson, Primer in Positive Psychology.

Have a good, no, an amazing day!