Good Thoughts

Here’s an idea for good thinking: keep a journal of good thoughts. Make a list in your planner, phone, or old-fashioned journal. You can even be creative and keep a list on the backs of photographs that remind you of those good things. If you carve or sculpt, you can make figurines of the memories. Or, you can write on a poster or sketch pictures in a notepad. You can even keep a list on an audio player, or make little videos to remind you of the moments. Number your list, and you’ll know how many good thoughts you have to think about! If you want, you can even categorize your lists.When you feel down or depressed, pull out your list. While it’s not a guarantee to lighten your mood, it can help you remember all the good things that have happened in your life (or all the dreams you have), or things that have happened to others that encourage you. It helps you zoom out from your focus on one negative thing to see the many positives that are also out there.

Christmas cookie and drink.

Here are a few on my list.

1. Hot apple cider at George Washington’s house on a snowy evening. (Memory)

2. Me sitting in a meadow and plump rabbits gingerly hopping up to sniff at me and then sitting in my arms. (Dream)

3. My friends J. & C. adopting a baby after years of longing to have a child, and what good parents they are turning out to be. (Inspirational)

4. Throwing a birthday party for my husband, and all the planning I can’t wait to do. (Future)

5. Color photographs of different flavors of ice cream, toys, candy, or stuffed animals. (Art)

6. The way I can change the life of a child by sponsoring her and writing her letters. (Things I Can Do to Change the World)

7. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV (Soul Thinking)

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