I had a really rotten day at work this week. Or so I thought. A few calamities at the end of the day had made me forget the good parts. I’d forgotten yesterday entirely.
Yet when I sat down to write my WWW diary (What Went Well) I came up with a list of 25 things which had gone well; ranging from having a great brainstorm with colleagues in the morning to seeing a double rainbow on my way home. (OK the rainbow might seem cheesy but I am a real nature nut!) It put the bad stuff in perspective and made me appreciate the whole day. I was now in the mood to bounce back and take on the next challenge. And I’m sure my husband was grateful the gloom had gone.
WWW is a technique recommended by Professor Neil Frude, consultant clinical psychologist. He also suggests writing a TLF – Things to Look Forward to. We see this same idea appear again and again in research. These techniques are a great way of boosting your resilience for work and home. The Science of Happiness Study also suggests that thinking about just one positive thing that happened the day before provides an additional 15% in happiness ratio.
Why not give it a go. Write a WWW each day. But to be accurate and for maximum impact, it’s best to write it every three days and also reread past pages.
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