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Ladies and gents, I will be tackling a new self-improvement project every month. At the end of the month, I will update you on my efforts, how the experiment affected other areas of my life, and whether or not I think the experiment deserves to become a habit.
Since I’m feeling boneless, hopeless, and depressed… this month’s Experiment has to be cheery and relatively easy.
Thus, January’s Experiment of the Month will be a simple cognitive therapy exercise, described by Jennice Vilhauer, Ph.D. in One Exercise Sure to Make You Feel Better About Yourself:
OK, so what is the exercise?
- Keep a pad of paper next to your bed and every night before you go to sleep, write down three things you liked about yourself that day.
- In the morning, read the list before you get out of bed.
- Keep adding 3 new things to your list every day to keep the list growing.
- Do this every day for 30 days.”
Sounds harmless, right? For the sake of brevity, I’m calling this exercise Three Positive Things.
Best case scenario: I remember to write positive things AND read the list every morning. I come to see myself through new eyes
Worst case scenario: same old eyes
Not feeling so great? Please join me in this experiment. If you can commit to giving this exercise a shot, leave a comment below.