We have all been to workshops where the workshop leader gets everyone to introduce themselves at the start of the class. I do the same as well using different approaches and sometimes ice-breaking games to help ease everyone in. With this positive intervention project in mind, I decided to have the participants complete a sentence after introducing their names. Participants complete the following statement, "I am happy today because..."
It's a simple activity but the responses were amazing. I had the usual ones like, "I'm happy today because I don't have to see my boss' face...I don't need to work today...I'll be going on a vacation next week ... blah blah blah..."
But the ones that really took me and shook me were the following:
- My wife didn't throw up what she ate (apparently, the wife has been sick)
- I can breathe!
- I am alive!
- I love the job I'm doing
- I managed to spend sometime with myself this morning (4.30am)
- I'm still in one piece after all these years!
What did I learn? I learned that when we become thankful, we can be happier. It's not the big things in life that really makes us happy - it's the smaller things of life that w sometimes take for granted. This simple activity also helped reinforced that happiness is a choice! We can choose to be happy or sad!
Today, what (or who) can you be thankful for?