This Sounds Dumb, But…

this idea might also work. Basically, you’re supposed to list three things you’re grateful for each day, which will make you more aware of the good stuff in your life, which will make you happier. Makes sense. You’re supposed to do this at the end of the day, but I like to get started right away on my self-improvement projects, so that I can get sick of them ahead of schedule. I’m a high-achiever, you see.

So here goes. Three things I’m thankful for, this morning:

1) I have 18 POINTS ™ for the rest of the day. (More on the Weight Watchers thing later. Let’s just say that Tubby had to do something.) This is fantastic, as yesterday I’d eaten all of my allowance by 5 pm, causing me to whine and complain so much that my family is probably pretty happy to see me go back to New York today.

2) I got up at 5:30 this morning, which means that I’ve already caught up on my email from vacation and gotten quite a few things done. Here at the Smash, we get more done by 8 am…

3) I have coffee. I really feel sorry for those of you who don’t drink it. I know I only need it because I’m addicted and all, but the thing is, addiction presents you with an easily achieved goal. And isn’t that all one can ask for?

Published by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

I'm a freelance writer and editor.

10 thoughts on “This Sounds Dumb, But…

  1. I suppose it’d probably work better if you were of a certain mindset to begin with. For example, when I’ve used up all my points before 2pm, I’d have to fish through about 15,000 negative thoughts before finding 3 positive ones, and that’s just not good for anyone.

  2. Isn’t it great when you wake up hungry knowing you have an entire day of points to eat? That’s the best feeling. The worst feeling is being out of points before dinner…damn Weight Watchers. It works though!

  3. Wait wait WAIT! My image of Jennie Smash is completely blown! Aren’t you the one who laughs maniacally at anything resembling self help?!?!

  4. Wait wait WAIT! My image of Jennie Smash is completely blown!

    Aren’t you the one who laughs maniacally at anything resembling self help?!?!

  5. I also think this would be more effective if done in the morning. (Specifically during the commute to work when traffic starts to get annoying, so you can counter those feelings and hopefully get to the office on a somewhat more even keel.) It seems like doing it in the evening would waste those happy thoughts on dreams one wouldn’t remember anyway.

    Trivia only I may be curious about: If you don’t use all your points on one day can you binge the next?

    p.s. I have one happy thought easy, at least: I am honestly grateful every day that I hate food and eating. I have quite the addictive personality and I really don’t know how I managed to dodge that bullet, especially growing up hungry. (I think it was the strict social conventions that surround meals that turned me off. I chafe at protocols.) It works well because I love intoxicants and my wife loves food. So if we get a dimebag and a porterhouse, there’s no arguing over who gets the lion’s share of what. :p

    Sorry about the backseat blogging: The alcohol makes me chatty.

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