So I have been doing my three good things everyday (something that I recommend everyone start doing). I feel that it has helped my outlook. I still fight against being a more negative person, but focusing on three good things everyday has had an immediate impact: I notice good things more often. Something will happen and I will think, “I can write this down!” whereas at the beginning I had to sit and think through my day, trying to find something good.
Anyway, I decided to buy a journal to house these daily good things (as well as quotes I find while reading things for my happiness project — current book “The Mind Connection” by Joyce Meyer). I searched around the Barnes & Noble website, looking for the perfect one (this is a very important step) and decided on a Jane Austen one. It has quotes from her novels interspersed throughout. I love Jane Austen, so this seemed right up my alley.
The quote on the opening page is: “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.”
Figuring this journal may be some sort of happiness destiny, I then flipped to the last page to see the last quote: “I wish as well as anybody else to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else it must be in my own way.”
This journal is perfect.