Morning Smiles, Night Smiles

by Ginger on January 16, 2013

in Becoming Myself

So last week, I talked about figuring out who I want to be and how I want to describe myself, and it’s something I still have on my mind, a lot. I still don’t know the answers, but one thing I did figure out is that I want to put a little more positivity out into the world, even if it’s only to balance the snarky sarcastic stuff I put out.

Anyway, what I’ve started doing is a twice daily acknowledgement of the things in my life that are good/make me smile/make me happy. I’m putting them on Twitter, with the hashtags #MorningSmiles and #NightSmiles (I’m so original, huh?)(also, you’re welcome to use those hashtags if you want to play along. A quick search tells me that I’m not the only one doing something similar). It’s been an interesting exercise, even in the short time I’ve been doing it.

I’ve done this through being sick, a fight with my husband, three year old freak outs, work stress, and other things that make me clench my teeth and complain. There have been mornings and nights when I’ve had to struggle to think of things that are happy and not just bitchbitchbitch.

But I can always find something.

The thing that has been the most interesting though, has been how these two simple tweets a day have changed how I think about my day. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still do PAHLENTY of bitching and complaining. I didn’t have a total personality transplant, and there is still plenty in my day that is complain worthy and stressful.

But I do find myself noticing the good things more throughout the day. I have a running tally of happy things in my head all day long, that I try to add to as things occur. Because I notice more and because I have the tally going and because I’m trying to add to it all day, I find myself paying more attention to good and happy and lovely throughout the day.

It’s a nice little bonus.

Look, I don’t know how long I’ll keep this up. And I don’t know what the long term benefits/effects/reactions will be. And I definitely don’t know what exactly this means in my attempt to describe myself.

But for right now, I’m enjoying putting a little more positivity into my world.

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