Woohoo! It’s November 30th, and that means I’ve officially completed the NaBloPoMo 30-day blogging challenge. I’ve posted something every day this month – with some days admittedly requiring a bit more effort than others – and it’s been a lot of fun. Partly this is because I’ve remembered why I love writing, but mostly it’s because it’s reminded me of the whole reason I started this blog in the first place, which was to focus on the little happy things that happen every single day, and spend less time dwelling on the bad stuff.
Some of you will have heard this story before, but the inspiration behind The Blog of Happy Things was one evening a couple of years ago, when I was due to meet my parents and sister at the theatre. Unfortunately, they got caught in horrible traffic and didn’t arrive at the theatre until the interval of what was already quite a short play. I think in the end they got to watch about forty minutes of slightly confusing action before heading home again.
In the car on the way home, I suddenly realised that I’d just spent the last twenty minutes complaining about what a terrible day I’d had, and I was so ashamed of myself that I promptly shut up altogether. Because whatever it was that had happened – and I can’t remember now, so it was obviously pretty insignificant – it didn’t really compare to my family’s experience of sitting in a traffic jam for two hours and missing half of a play that they’d paid to see.
I was reminded of this story whilst watching the following TED talk, by Alison Ledgerwood, which considers why all human beings have a tendency to focus on the negative side of life, and how we can turn that on its head to celebrate the positives instead. It certainly resonated with me, and I hope it’s helpful to you too.
Thank you for sticking with me over the past month; I hope to keep up the habit of blogging regularly (although I can’t promise it’ll be every day, what with Christmas and all that jazz) and sharing little happy things for a long time to come 🙂