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One powerful thing that I came away with from the Peak Potentials Millionaire Mind Intensive last month was, at the end of each day, to write down in my journal the 5 awesome things of that day.  I have been doing this consistently ever since.  Actually, I had started doing this back in January after reading “The Witch’s Coin: Prosperity and Money Magick” by Christopher Penczak (a book which looks at prosperity, the Law of Attraction and the like from a Wiccan/Pagan point of view).  “The Witch’s Coin” suggested to write down 5 things that you are thankful for each day, but I stopped doing this after a while when life got too busy.  But how true it is!  As a child I was often told to “count my blessings” when sad, complaining or feeling hard done by.  Gratitude is a part of most of religious traditions I think, but sometimes we are not taught how this can be a step towards more personal fulfillment and happiness.

If you start to journal the 5 things you are most thankful for and/or the 5 awesome things that you did or happened to you each day, no matter how small they seem, life feels a lot better.  If life feels better, life will be better.  Basically what this exercise does is make you focus on all the POSITIVE things happening in your life rather than the negative things.  I do believe that focusing on the positive is a more healthy way to be and that focusing on the negative can be a detriment to not just your mental health, but your physical health too.  Being positive also helps us to deal with problems and issues that come up as well and allow us to face them a lot better.

I have also suspected that these principles also apply to Facebook status updates and Twitter tweets and Eric Qualman’s “Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business”, which I have just started to read, confirms this.  Qualman’s book tells us about a woman that unintentionally posted more negative comments about her kids than positive comments.  She didn’t realize this until a friend enlightened her about it and then she reviewed her status updates and found out it was true.  So she made a conscious effort to post positive comments and about 2 weeks later was rewarded by her four year old stating: “Mommy, you seem a lot more happy, and I really like it.”  Recently, I have been trying to always post something positive and even when my cat disappeared for a few days, my posts conveyed my feeling of worry, however I didn’t want to be in despair, but keep the hope up that she would return.  (She did!  Thanks to all those that posted comments of support.)

Writing down my 5 awesome things of the day, makes me want to do more awesome things.  For me it can be as something mundane as finishing a novel or working out, or something great like selling a house, winning something, going on a trip or seeing an old friend for the first time in ages.  Awesome things are different for everyone.  To again get back to Qualman’s book, social media status updates that ask “what’s happening?” do the same thing as we post about cool things that we do to our social network and natural human competitiveness makes us want to post and therefore do cooler things than our social media friends.  This is great for individuals and great for society.

Getting more enjoyment out of life starts within and with what you already have.  Count your blessings and improve your life!

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