Google Productivity Pad: Things I Loved Today

Monday, July 1, 2013

Things I Loved Today

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that in life bad things will happen.

For those of you who follow me on twitter or are friends with me on Facebook you know that at the end of everyday I post a tweet and status that start out things I loved today. I do this for a simple reason, because even though it is true that bad things happen every day it is also true that good things happen everyday, things worth loving.

I noticed that there is a lot of negative expression in social media, plenty of expressions of despair, disappointment, and discord. At one particularly negative point in my life I realized I was a contributor to this part of social media and I realized that it was probably not healthy. Even though I felt really bad about life at the time, it did not help to reinforce the negative. I realized I could lift myself and others by choosing to accentuate the positive things in life.

This gave rise to my first round of things I loved today postings which I did for a couple months and now have recently returned to as I again found myself facing a negative outlook.

Social For Good
For me it was not really even about the social aspect, it was about doing something simple everyday to improve my attitude and recognize my blessings. I was surprised at the positive response I received from my Facebook friends, many of them liked the posts and would comment on what a wonderful thing they thought these posts were and how they lifted their lives as well.

It was not until later that I realized that many of their news feeds were probably full of the same negative updates that mine often was and that I had contributed to. Because of this, a post focused on the positive appeared as a breath of fresh air to them. I think each of us can use social media to have a positive impact on ourselves and others, if we choose to.

The Challenge
So you can probably guess where I am going with this, I want to challenge you to try using social media for an intentionally positive purpose, to see the goodness in your day and brighten the digital sea you swim in. So here is the challenge, its as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Try posting 1 "things I loved today" to a social media site once a day
  2. Continue to do this for 2 weeks
  3. In each post try to name at least 3 things you loved that day
And that is it, that's the challenge, not very hard. just see if your attitude toward life is improving at the end of it. If you are using twitter use the . If you choose to take the challenge please leave a comment letting us know.

Counting your blessings to improve you attitude is nothing new, this is just a different take on it for our social media world. Just give this a try and see if it can benefit you. If you would like to see examples of these posts just 

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Thanks for reading, and remember, you can live better

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