Ever since the Barbarians could talk, we did “our favourite thing of the day” every dinner. We each took our turn to say what that our favourite thing was – could be as simple as playing with friends or reading a good book, but we had to find something that was our high point.
A couple of years ago, with the Barbarians older, it seemed to fall away. Not sure why (life got busy I think) but it didn’t seem to matter.
With the world entering its third year of the pandemic, finding happiness in the day can sometimes be tough. So we’ve started up our old ritual – but with a twist.
We now each have to say three good things that happened that day. It doesn’t matter what the rest of the family thinks of them, or how big or small they are, but you need three. It’s taken a number of days for everyone to get back into the swing, but now it’s getting easier.
It’s nice to finish the day thinking about the good things that have happened, rather than the bad. And even better, I’ve realised by the time each of us says our third thing, we’re smiling. Focussing on the good really does change our spirits.
Do you do anything like this? Or do you have a way of staying upbeat during these covid days?