6 Nov 2006, 1:06pm
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Glad Game Explained

It’s very easy to make lists of what went wrong or how life is going to hell in a hand-basket, but this redirects those thought habits, to train myself to see and put more weight on the neutral, the positive, and the better-than-it-could-have-been. It’s an idea that came from reading the luck factor and Cin’s Monday Morning Love Lists

In the Glad Game, I make a list of blessings or awarenesses. It is to ground myself in the good things and in being present.

  • What am I enjoying?
  • What’s worth appreciating in this moment?
  • What was the best moment over the last day?
  • What went right?
  • What worked smoothly?
  • What felt good?
  • What do I think is rather cool?
  • What made me laugh? smile? soften?

They are to be as specific as possible. I don’t think saying “I’m glad to have my family” counts as specific enough to be effective in training me to see the good side. Instead what would count is:

“I’m glad to have spent a half hour talking to my aunt and hearing how happy she was to spend an afternoon with her granddaughter. I’m glad to hear she has that time with her.”

Positive thinking is a muscle that atrophies.The Glad Game is a mental exercise to bulk up the good attitude and spend some relaxing time thinking positive thoughts. It gives a good calming energy.

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