Looking on the Bright Side of Life, Vol.1

I’m reading A.J. Jacobs new book *Drop Dead Healthy* at the moment (and am really enjoying it, by the way) and in one of the chapters he is trying to let go of all the negative thoughts and adopt a more positive outlook instead. Notice the good things that are happening. See the upside. And yes of course he’s quoting “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” ;-)

I thought I should give this a try and throughout the day try jotting down the good things. The things that made me smile or grin or made me feel good. The things I appreciate. I just realized how often I just don’t notice these things, because I’m not paying attention. I’m not living in the present moment, even though I by now know that my life would be so much easier if I could just be more mindful of the present. I’ll try to do better in the future. I might also post the list of positive stuff I notice in my life every once in a while. Maybe not on a daily basis, because that might get redundant very quickly :-) But paying more attention to it might help preventing to get dragged down into the “my life sucks” bottomless pit of worry and anxiety.

So, today’s bright side of my life…

  • Sunshine in the morning
  • A.J. Jacobs “Drop Dead Healthy”
  • Promising weather forecast for the weekend
  • Having a job at all
  • Livingston’s “Perfect Dream” playing on my iPod almost constantly
  • First day in a long time that I felt productive and like I was doing something useful at work
  • Others are as frustrated by my coworkers lack of work attitude than I am
  • Nice phone chats with my bosses
  • Delicious Vanilla Latte at Starbucks
  • Some very entertaining stuff on this week’s episode of “The Good Wife”
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