Speaking of Joy: Good Things

It’s been one of those weeks.

A fender-bender, a flooded laundry room and a new puppy resistant to house-training topped my list of troubles.  This in addition to the long and standard list of woes related to work, money and health.

As I puttered about the kitchen, making coffee for my pity party, a friend called.  She needed to talk. 

Her former husband was gravely ill.  Her children were heartbroken and overwhelmed.  And her emotions were a jumble – angst, sadness and love, too.     

But as we talked, her mood lifted.  Her business was booming.  She was in love again after many years of being single.  And, she was feeling better after her own health scare. 

Our conversation cut short my own little party plan.  I was reminded that things were really not so terrible.  Cars can be fixed, water can be mopped and puppies can be trained - eventually.  (I hope.)

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the things that go south.  We can recite that junk chapter and verse. 

Linda Sterling Sease, Speaking of Joy

But where is our itemized list of all the things that go right?  Why do we give such short shrift to the good stuff in our day?

There’s a great deal of research about gratitude, journaling and joy.   Seems that when you combine the first two, the third is a natural byproduct.     Just the act of mindfully and consistently noting the good in your life creates more happiness.

Here’s my “good stuff” list for today:

My family is healthy and safe.     

The fender-bender repair costs are less than I expected.

My youngest son has never been seriously injured playing hockey.

The garden was full of fresh asparagus this summer.  It’s been a three-year wait.

The new puppy just nudged me - I think he needs to go out!

Send me your “good stuff” list for the day if you’d like to share.  I’d love to hear how good you really have it, too.

Until next week, I hope your life is full of joy and gratitude,


Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, career coach & writer on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities.  To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.