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Positivity Journal: Lifestyle Practice

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Write a Positivity Journal in your reflection each day

Every day, you will write, in your Daily Reflection, 3 positive things – things you appreciate or just things you notice and are glad exist in your life.

  • Give yourself a “yes” in the Lifestyle category on the SAME DAY you write the reflection
  • The 3 things must be written in your reflection to get credit for the Lifestyle practice
  • They can be in any form you want – even just a list if you like

There are good things happening all over your life. It’s easy to get so focused on a big picture of what you want, that the small, positive things that fill your days get missed.

Someone who makes you laugh, a hot cup of tea on a rainy day, a quiet morning walk to the coffee shop, a clear blue sky, or a kind word exactly when it was needed.

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There are positive things that make up your happiness, like a fabric. The more you can train yourself to notice the small pieces, the more your happiness becomes apparent. If you disregard the small things as “not enough,” you miss out on the opportunity to experience happiness right now.

Focusing on positive experiences is a way to start weaving the fabric of your happiness. Each time you allow yourself to see the good that’s already there, you improve your experience a little bit more.

Why does any of this even matter? Did you ever notice that the better you feel the easier it is to make good choices? When it feels like something is missing or things are not good enough, we tend to fill the hole with crappy decisions. We actually indulge in unhappiness—eat food we know will make things worse, skip out on things that lift our spirits, and generally justify our state of mind.

Starting a practice of noticing what’s good is an easy way to reverse the automatic habit of buying into that unhappiness, which is a great way to program yourself to make better choices every day.

Photo Credit: “Journal Entry” by Joel Montes de Oca – Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.