Two Things That Worked Today
Yesterday during Alt Design Summit, here in smoggy Salt Lake, I heard an inspiring speech by Stefan Sagmeister on the topic of happiness. His premise was that negative events far outweigh positive events based on our natural human psychology. No surprise here right? I think we've all experienced this phenomenon. We can receive compliments all day and not think anything of it, but when when we hear that one negative comment we think about it for hours, tell all of our girlfriends about it in a conference call, and analyze the elements of truth in the comment using mind-mapping software.
As Stefan came to the close of he speech (just before his standing ovation from all of us. I was just about in tears I felt so inspired!) he told us that during the filming for his next soon-to-be-released documentary about happiness, he worked with a cognitive therapist who told him to keep a journal and ask himself this question each night before he went to sleep:
What two things worked today?
So, that's my current reality. Instead of focusing on kleenex scattered around the floor, empty crinkled packages of Emergen-C on my bed stand, and poor air quality where I live, I'm going to try to write about two things that worked today...
My boyfriend took a break in the middle of breakfast to run my Chandler The Robot packages to the post office before they closed today. It's during times when we aren't at optimal health when we really realize how great it is to have someone to be there for you and to take care of you.
I'm thankful to be tucked away in my sweatpants in a warm bed and room where I can heal rather than be sniffling at work or attempting to perform on stage. I'm going to pull the cozy covers up to my chin and find some old cartoons I used to watch in my childhood as I drift off into a peaceful sleep. Safe. Warm.
Now you try. What two things worked today?