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Sometimes I find myself being caught up in the negativity of people around me and forgetting about the
good things that are also happening. How can I ground myself and remember that life is also full of hope
and good things?
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It is the human condition to
analyse and judge people and
experiences, and therefore,
we are wired to be negative
r ather than positive. So you
are not alone in being caught up in the
negativity around you, as this is what our
minds are geared for -- just in case there is
You already sound positive and grounded
in wanting to achieve an emotional
balance where you can also focus on
the good around you. If you continue
to develop this skill, you will be working
toward living a more fulfilling and happy
According to the Action for Happiness
organisation, the ten key aspects to
happier living are:
1. Giving -- Doing things for others
2. Relating -- Connecting with people
3. Exercising -- Taking care of your body
4. Appreciating -- Noticing the world
5. Tr ying Out -- Keep lear ning new things
6. Direction -- Having goals to work
7. Resilience -- Finding ways to bounce
8. Emotion -- Taking a positive approach
9. Acceptance -- Being comfor table with
who you are
10. Meaning -- Being par t of something
One strategy you can begin practising
immediately is "Three Good Things". This
exercise helps you to reflect on the things
you are grateful for, and encour ages a
sense of appreciation -- despite what life
throws at you. Try the following:
• To get star ted, put yesterday into
your mind. On a piece of paper,
write down "three good things" that
happened. Even on a bad day, we
should be able to find something that
was good, even something we might
consider to be trivial.
• The good thing may be an event,
a feeling, a thought or an action.
Examples could be : "I enjoyed
my sandwich today" or "I'm glad I
bumped into Karen at the shops today
as we had the chance to catch up" or
"I'm gr ateful I have a boss who listens
to me and makes me feel impor tant"
or "I'm grateful the supermarket
queues were not too long today as it
meant I could get home earlier to be
with my children."
• The three good things can be
something that made you feel good or
• When you have written down three
good things, try then to write why
each was a good thing.
• Once you have completed this for
yesterday, begin to reflect daily and
complete this activity at the end of
We know that gr ateful people tend to
be happier people, so taking some time
at the end of your day to reflect on the
positive aspects helps to take the focus
from the negative par ts . In saying that,
we cannot completely ignore negativity
a s sometimes we have to act on warning
signs. This str ategy is just a way to ground
your self and allow the oppor tunity to
a ssess what is impor tant to you, ever y
To learn more about the keys to happier
living, and more practical strategies,
download the Action for Happiness pack.
Visit w w w.actionforhappiness.org and
click on the "Resources" tab.
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