I attended a seminar last week and the presenter, John O'Leary, had a journaling suggestion that I really like. He said to end the day journaling and to include the question, "What more can I do?" I love this for a few reasons.
I believe that asking this question each day helps to create perspective,W similar to the way ending the day journaling about things that you are grateful for does. It causes us to get outside of ourself, our life, our problems and challenges by stretching ourself with "What more can I do?" What more can I do to grow and learn? What more can I do to care for myself? What more can I do to be of service to someone else? What more can I do for the world? What more can I do to love?
Keeping perspective on life is super important. It can be easy for us to focus on the negative things going on in our life and our world. It's important to recognize all of the goodness that is also around us in abundance. Spending a few minutes in reflection each day helps us to keep this perspective.
Practicing compassion is one of the strategies to leading a happy, connected life. Each day taking a few moments to reflect on..."What more can I do?"...helps cultivate compassion. It identifies ways that we can reach out and be of service in some way to someone else. Maybe that means praying for them, sending them positive loving energy, maybe it means offering to help, maybe it means thinking of the next thing you could provide them as an opportunity, the list is endless and sometimes just taking the time to consider it is all that is necessary.
You might be thinking that you don't have time for journaling, let alone considering what you could do for someone else. I totally get that and yet I still invite and encourage you do it. I believe you will reap so many benefits from this practice that it'll be time worth spending.
Gratitude, compassion and connection are all important variables in leading a happy life. Utilizing journaling as a vehicle for cultivating these key variables makes for an awesome combination. Give it a try!