Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Don’t Worry…Be…

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If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy

Like my Mamaw, I’ve kept a journal for many years. At times, I’m diligent about writing my thoughts every day. But when life gets in the way, weeks can go by without an entry. When that happens, I try to recall past events and play catch up. I realized this is probably why many people don’t journal, they don’t have the time.

 

During the holidays, a friend gave me a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Since I do most of my reading on my Kindle, I headed to the stationery section to check out their journals. Among a sea of leather bound books, I was thrilled when I discovered this.

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The one sentence journal; it was perfect. After all, if I couldn’t record one sentence a day, how could I be a writer?

Similar to a gratitude journal, it’s a great tool to gain insight as to what really makes you happy. What I like the most is it forces me find something to be happy about, even on those days where anything that could go wrong, does.

Last week for example, after I started a load of laundry, the machine stopped working in mid-cycle. I was left with a full load of wet clothes, floating in detergent. We spent the next half an hour up to our elbows in icy water rinsing and wringing out the clothes.

Later when I sat down with the journal, through my frustration, I tried to think of something to be happy about. I wasn’t happy we were going to have to spend money on a new machine. Or that we would have to wash clothes by hand until a new machine was delivered.  Yes, there are Laundromats in the area, but I’m a germaphobe. The thought of putting our clothes into a common washing machine…well, that’s a whole other post. After some reflection, my entry for that day: “I’m happy the washing machine didn’t create a flood, like the pipe that burst last year.”

Each day this little blue book makes me realize that my happiness doesn’t have to be based on what’s happening to me at the moment. I can find happiness in all situations. After all, life is so much easier when we’re happy.

What makes you happy?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

120 thoughts on “Don’t Worry…Be…

  1. I like the one-sentence journal because it’s practical. I may not be able to fill a journal but I can write a sentence or better for me, a one-sentence voice memo 🙂

    ” . . . my happiness doesn’t have to be based on what’s happening to me at the moment.” I too have discovered this. I’ve come to see that being thankful makes me happy.

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    • Hi Timi, it’s great to see your smiling face. We have complete control over our happiness and that is a wonderful thing. Once we realize we don’t have to allow our circumstances to control our happiness, it’s freeing.
      A “one-sentence voice memo”…I like that! Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. You selected a beautiful journal Jill, and I love the idea of writing just one sentence, a great way to write about something good when it does indeed seem that everything is going wrong. I have kept journals over the years (but not for many years) and the gaps would get longer and longer until, well, nothing. So sorry about your washing machine woes 😦 Makes me shudder in remembrance of our dishwasher troubles. But I am also reminded to be happy about the fact that the small leak in our bathroom didn’t get worse over Christmas especially with everyone one home. The plumber came out just after the new year and had to replace all the pipes at the back of the toilet which he said were leaking and had been for a long time. So I am very happy that it is all fixed now and that it didn’t get a lot worse. As with you, just about had enough of water leaks!
    Wishing you and DFD a great weekend Jill, keep warm 🙂 xoxo

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    • Hi Sherri! Happy Weekend! I’m still laughing about “Shut your cake-hole.” DFD loved it and called our neighbor from England to confirm. We are laughing! Believe me, I thought of you immediately when our washing machine stopped. I remember your dishwasher fiasco. Thankfully those problems are behind us, at least for now. Our new machine was delivered yesterday, so all is well. I’m happy to hear your small leak in the bathroom didn’t turn into a major issue. It’s amazing the damage water can do.
      Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll chat with your soon! xoxo

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  3. I love that journal! I will have to look for one… or maybe I’ll just start doing the same thing in one of my old-fashioned composition books. You’ve inspired me to write something down in just a sentence. I really like the idea!

    At this particular moment in time, what makes me happy is this: Having a steaming hot cup of Folger’s Vanilla Biscotti flavored coffee while sitting in bed, under the covers on a cold frosty morning, and reading some of my friends’ blog posts – and all before the crush of a busy, but hopefully productive and happy work day.

    I think happiness can be found in the small moments that make up our lives – if we take the time to think about them.

    Great post.

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    • Thank you Kate! It is a great journal. What I really like is it’s a five year journal. Each page has the day of the month, but multiple lines for five consecutive years. So next year, when I write what made me happy today, I can see what made me happy a year ago.
      I’m happy too after reading what makes you happy. That sounds wonderful!
      I hope you have a great weekend that is full of happy moments!

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  4. That looks like a great idea! For YEARS, I’ve kept a mini-journal. I used to write in one of those pocket calendars…just a few words about what we did each day, where we went, etc. But for the past several years, I’ve used I Daily Diary, a computer program (free download that you use offline). It’s great, because you can write as much or as little as you want AND there’s a search feature. That’s come in handy many times when I just want to know when we did something (or bought a computer, or repaired the water heater….).
    Oh, and as a side-note, I realized last night that I never responded to the last few comments on my Summer Spotlight post on your blog last summer. I’ll try to get by those folks’ blogs soon and leave a comment to thank them.

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    • I like the idea of a pocket calendar used to journal!

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    • Hi Dianna! I’ve never heard of I Daily Diary, I’ll have to check it out. That’s a great idea to record purchases and repairs. I put things into a file folder, but having everything in a searchable file sounds like a good way to go.
      I hope you and Motor Man have a great weekend!

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      • Although I love the convenience of the computer diary, I do miss having it on paper. I have several years that I’d like to transfer/copy to the computer. It’s much more difficult to search for something, just looking through those old calendars!
        Guess it would be nice to keep BOTH!

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      • It would be nice to maintain both, Dianna. Perhaps you could hand write first and then scan and upload into the I Daily Diary. The best thing about handwritten, is it can be passed down to generations. Holding a book that my grandmother once held, just feels extra special. I suppose if you back everything up onto a thumb drive, you’ll be good to go.

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  5. Yes! Sometimes playing the “it could be worse game” makes us see that wringing out wet clothes is not as bad as dealing with a broken pipe or a flood.

    This morning Tigger is not happy. He is HOWLING HUNGRY in prep for a vet visit which will probably result in a tooth extraction/ surgery. We are not feeding him. He is ANNOYED x 3.

    So today I’ll be happy that we don’t have to starve him every morning. 😛

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  6. What a great concept: the one-sentence journal. I definitely have days when I feel that I have nothing to be happy about. Yet, at a minimum, I can always say I’m happy I was able to drive to point A or point B today without getting into an accident. School is back in session, the legislature and it’s minions are creeping back into the capital city and so traffic is crazy 🙂 Indeed, I often breathe a sigh of relief when I reach my destination …

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  7. I love this idea, Jill. There’s usually a sliver lining to every situation. Counting our blessings one by one is very therapeutic. 🙂

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  8. A one sentence journal is a neat idea, Jill. I know what you mean about lapses in journaling. Guilty!
    That was some ordeal with the washing machine. Thank goodness you had help to rinse and wring.
    About happy…I think that gratitude and happiness go hand in hand. I am happy when I am grateful.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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    • Hi Elaine! The one sentence journal really works for me. The journaling lapses are probably very common. I try to hard to keep up to date, but life does get in the way.
      Oh yes, I’m very thankful for my helper…he’s a good cook too. 🙂
      So true, being grateful = happiness. Happy Weekend!

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  9. Love the journal and the idea that I can write one sentence a day. Throughout the day I think of ideas for writing or a catchy sentence describing something. I need to start writing them down even if it’s just a fragmented thought.

    Having been through a flood I can understand your gratitude! Today I’m happy my car made it to my mechanic who’s garage is around the corner from my office, I thought I was going to break down on my way in this morning. Happy Friday, have a great weekend! 🙂

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    • Hi Geralyn! That’s what I thought, if I only have to write one sentence…that’s so doable. Like yourself, I’m constantly scribbling ideas into my idea journal. If I don’t, they might be gone forever. 🙂
      I know you can relate to the damaging effects of water. Once you experience it, you never forget. I’m so happy to hear you made it safely to the garage. I hope the repair costs didn’t steal your happiness.
      Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  10. My grandmother kept journals all her life. I wish I had gotten in the habit. Now that I’m over fifty, it’s sometimes hard to remember everything HA!

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    • Hi Susan! That’s something that I love about journaling, the ability to go back and recall events or moods. It’s never too late to begin…go for it! Even if you journal once a week, you’ll enjoy looking back on things that you thought were a major crisis, but really, it wasn’t such a big deal.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. This is a great post to inspire new outlooks on life! Where is my journal?! Thank you Jill.

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  12. There is always something to be happy about even if we have to think about it, right?
    I like the idea of a one sentence journal because I can never be diligent in writing one. Every year I say I’m going to do the daily exercises from a Writer’s Book of Days…I made it through Day 12! Still, I love the book and will continue to use it when I want to use a prompt.

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    • Hi Suzi! Yes, there is always something we can be happy about. It’s tough to keep a daily journal, but the one sentence a day is perfect for me. I still journal on days where my stress levels are high or I just have thoughts that need to be recorded, but this particular journal is a great tool.
      Good for you for using your book of writing prompts. I ordered a 365 day prompt book at the beginning of December so I would have it by the first of the year, it still hasn’t arrived. That makes me unhappy…but that will have to be recorded in my other journal. 🙂
      Happy Weekend!

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  13. Oh, Jill. I’m sorry your washing machine broke. What is it about January that causes machines to conk out??? Is it because of the January white sales and everyone wanting to buy new sheets that will need to be washed?

    You find the best journals. What a fun thing to do! Glad you decided to roll with life’s punches. I’m happy the machine didn’t cause a flood in your house too.

    Recently, a friend safely delivered a baby son. The miraculous thing about that birth is that she’d miscarried earlier last year. Holding that baby in my arms was such a joy. It reminds me of how much joy I gain from seeing a baby smile or making a child laugh or listening to a teen who has questions or simply wants to talk.

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    • Hi L. Marie! I know, everything seems to break, burst or rupture in January…Happy New Year…spend some money. 😦
      This is a great journal and one I highly recommend to anyone who wants to journal, but struggles with time.
      I’m happy you shared the story about your friend and her son’s birth. Miracles always provide the greatest happiness, don’t they?
      Enjoy your weekend, my friend. Stay safe!

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  14. I don’t keep a journal–I figure any writing time I get I want to go to my WIP or a blog post. But a one-sentence journal? Even I could handle that! That’s pretty cool.

    Sorry to hear about your washing machine. Judging by the horrific sound mine is making during the spin cycle, mine will be in a similar state shortly.

    What makes me happy? The little things. Going to a movie with my family. Getting take-out on Friday night. Family conversation at the dinner table. 🙂

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  15. It’s a great idea! I track events. Even stupid ones like haircuts and appliance purchases. If only I could track feelings!

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  16. Isn’t it freeing to discover that’ the worst thing ever’ actually isn’t. I call it making the choice to find contentment and, as you are aware, have made this the work of the latter part of my life. It’s easier some days than others 🙂 But always worth the effort to get myself back on track.

    Did you know ‘The Happiness Project’ was/is a real social experiment in the Uk? Robert Holden is a witty, erudite and happy speaker! I first came across him a few years ago when I saw a documentary about his work – I found it fascinating and it informed my life coaching work significantly.

    I am so pleased you have committed to this one sentence a day plan – only good things can come of it!

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    • Oh yes, Pauline, it is extremely freeing. You hit the nail on the head, it’s all about choice. If people could realize, they do have a choice, they’d be so much happier. Every morning, before I get out of bed, I make a choice about how my day is going to go. Yes, it is definitely worth the effort.
      I’m glad you mentioned ‘The Happiness Project.’ I’m very familiar with it and this journal is based on that experiment. It’s very fascinating.
      Enjoy your weekend! Hugs to Siddy and Orlando.

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  17. I have some friends who follow the same idea, but they put a small piece of paper in a jar each day with the date and their happy thought. On New Year’s Eve they open the jar and read back their year of happy moments.

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  18. Hi Jill,
    What a great idea and a great little book. When I tucked each kid into bed we would look back at the day and think about the good things that happened, and it was as good for me as it was for them. Happy Every New Day!

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    • Hi Naomi! I love that you have that special time when you tuck the kids into bed. It’s great that you’re teaching them the value of reflection. Thanks for sharing!
      Enjoy your weekend and every day! 🙂

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  19. My day is made better when I find news stories that celebrate the good instead of sensationalizing the bad.

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    • I’m with you, Irene! While I’m getting ready for work in the morning, I like to hear the weather and traffic report, but that means starting my day with negative stories. We definitely need more good news stories.
      Have a great weekend!

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  20. I LOVE the ideas behind that book, Jill. Both the single sentence and the fact that it has to be “happy.” Whenever i’m having a tough day, I just think of Angus giggling and smiling. Works every time! 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  21. I have kept a one line journal of gratitude for many years now. Every night I write down the best thing about that day. I also have a regular journal that I write in every day. I found it valuable as I can’t remember what I did from day to day. It got me out of a parking ticket when I called the city and let them know my journal said I was not in that area that day. They dismissed the ticket on that alone! I write more gratitude’s in that journal. Happiness is a choice, not a circumstance. I have been there with the washer and was at one time without one entirely for almost 2 years. Learned to do the laundry in the bathtub with my feet. Saves the back. I’ll look for that little journal on my next trip to B&N. I have so many blank journals already though. I have boxes full of filled journals too. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder about happiness.

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  22. Grr – sorry about your machine, Jill – that is a real pain. For some reason it surprised me that these problems occur in America – I thought they were confined to backward Britain. I know that icy cold arms up to the elbows feeling all too well – that and discovering that someone has left a paper tissue in a pocket and it has shredded itself over every single piece of dark wash. Those things make me less than happy. Generally though, I think I’m a happy person. I’d be immensely happy if I happened upon a journal like yours. Happy recordings!

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    • Hi Jenny! Oh no, things break here in America too. Appliances aren’t made to last like they used to. I believe the more ‘bells and whistles’ on something, the more there is to go wrong. Ha ha! The dreaded tissue forgotten in the pocket. I’ve been there. You can find this journal on Amazon, if you’re so inclined. Enjoy your weekend!

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  23. I hate that sort of thing – especially if it has to do with water. My condolences.

    Many things make me happy but one thing right now is getting back to WordPress after beingetting away for the majority of the last seven months or so.

    Happy writing! 🙂

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  24. What a great exercise, Jill! Sorry about your washing machine, the first thing I though of was your flood last year. Thank goodness that did not happen. We need to get a new dryer pronto but are waiting until the last possible minute to spend the $$.

    It really does take work to remain happy doesn’t it? I am constantly shepherding my thoughts back to a positive place but the negative ones are pretty feisty and stubborn. 🙂 It’s nice to have something that encourages you to look at the brighter side.

    What makes me happy? Well, the fact that I just found some chocolate from Christmas that I had hidden, after panicking that there was NO CHOCOLATE to be found in the house! PHEW. Life is good now. One of the other things that makes me happy I talked about on my blog today. I’ll see you there later, bring your dancing shoes! xoxo

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    • Hi Maria! Oh…the flood last year, what a mess that was.
      Your comments always make me happy. 🙂 I’m glad you found that hidden Chocolate. Life is always better when there’s chocolate in the house. 🙂
      Keep an eye on that dryer. A malfunction won’t flood your house, but you don’t want a fire either.
      I hope you’re having a great weekend and doing a little dancing too! xoxo

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  25. I’m happy your pipes didn’t burst! It only takes once to make its point, and cleaning up afterwards is a mess.
    I read Gretchen Rubin’s THE HAPPINESS PROJECT several years ago. She’s a versatile writer–compare THE HAPPINESS PROJECT with her best selling FORTY WAYS TO LOOK AT WINSTON CHURCHILL to see her talents.
    I like the one sentence, one thing to be happy about. You’re right, Jill, if we can’t make time to write that much each day, what kind of writers are we? 😉

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    • Hi Marylin! I agree, one time dealing with water damage is enough. I remember when Gretchen’s book, The Happiness Project was released, I put it on my TBR list. I haven’t read it yet, but I’d still like to. I’m enjoying this one sentence journal. It will be fun to look back after I have a year or two of entries. Enjoy your weekend and hugs to your Mother! xo

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  26. Such a nice post. I’m glad the pipes didn’t burst as well. What really makes me happy is completing one thousand words on my WIP each day. I’m so addicted to this happy occurrence, I make it happen as first priority for the day.

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  27. Yikes sorry to hear about your washing machine 😦 I have seen that journal Jill and have paused over it many times – but inevitably every year I end up selecting a Moleskin. The one sentence concept is absolutely brilliant! I think you will come up with some poetic one-liners 🙂 excellent ‘focusing’ exercise for any writer I would think. It’s always the small and ordinary things that make me happy – not that big surprises aren’t welcome :D. Your post reminded me of how for years we lived with power outages in Africa so we weren’t always guaranteed of hot water or a hot cup of coffee in the mornings. We used to do a lot of hand washing back then.

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    • Hi Yolanda! I would love to read more about your experiences in Africa. I know you’ve written some on your blog and it’s very fascinating. Like yourself, I still have my Moleskin…three in fact. I have enough blank journals to fill three lives. 🙂 I love shopping for them. I hope you have a great weekend!

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      • Moleskin journals can become something of an addiction 😉 I hope your new washing machine has arrived or will very soon. Have a great weekend Jill!

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      • Yes, the new machine arrived on Thursday and I’ve broken it in with two loads. It’s very quiet compared to the old machine.
        I’m addicted to all journals, Yolanda. I think I have a problem. 🙂 xo

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  28. I would like to hear if this journal has affected you and your outlook by the end of the year. That would be a cool experiment. What a fun and doable journal!

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    • Hi Luanne! Thank you for taking the time to pop over after such a thrilling week. Congratulations on the publication of your poetry book! I’m thrilled for you and I can’t wait to read it.
      I’ll do a follow-up post at the end of the year…if I’m still blogging. 🙂 Ha ha! Enjoy your weekend and again, congratulations!

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  29. Jill, I no longer own a television but I make a point of watching one film a year online. This Christmas it was ‘Pollyanna’. Her ‘glad game’, where the aim is to find something to be glad about under any circumstance, was perfectly reflected in your post.

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    • Hi Roy! First off, you’re not missing much not owing a television. 🙂 Secondly, thank you for the reminder about the ‘glad game.’ I completely forgot about that. I hope you’re having a great weekend filled with writing and running.

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  30. Jill … The happiness journal is an excellent idea. I post ‘Classroom positives’ every school day. Like the journal you have, it helps me focus on the great moments that I might share with a friend. Sometimes, like your washing machine, the positives in any one day might be a sliver out of the whole 24 hours. But, you’re right. When you look back, those positive moments are the ones you want to hang on to. Keep up smiling. 😉

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    • Hi Judy! I think your ‘Classroom positives’ is a great idea as well. Any tool that can help us to keep our focus on the positive moments is a great thing. As I mentioned in previous comments above, I look forward to reflecting on older entries as the years pass. Have a great weekend!

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  31. Great find Jill. I used to keep a journal every day, but then couldn’t keep up with it and felt guilty about the fact I couldn’t keep up with it until I realised there was no ‘rule’ that said I had to write in it every day! We put so much pressure on ourselves for no good reason 🙂 I don’t keep a gratitude journal but each night before I go to sleep I try to run through my day and think about all the things I’m grateful for – I think it’s definitely changing the way I view life, keeping the everyday worries and resentments away.

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    • It was a great find, Andrea. I’m thrilled with it and best of all, it’s guilt free. You’re right, there are no rules when it comes to journaling. Counting your blessings is a great way to end the day and it probably guarantees a good night of rest. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Our washer is making strange noises and bumping around in the kitchen right now, Jill, so I appear to be reading just the right post. I have an impending sense of doom 🙂 I don’t know if I could restrict myself to one sentence. Once I get going, I’m away… but it’s a good discipline. Hope your week sparkles from now on 🙂

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    • Oh no, sorry to hear about your washing machine, Jo. Ours gave no warning sounds, it just stopped. I like that you can’t stop at one sentence. When I want to keep going, I’ll jump to my other journal. Well, since our new machine arrived and our clothes are now sparkling, so we’re moving in the right direction. Enjoy your day! 🙂

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  33. Great post, Jill. I started a gratitude journal at some point last year. I had planned to write 3 things I was grateful for each night before bed, and I did for a while, but then I just stopped. Some days, if I’m cranky or tired from the days events, I just don’t feel like looking for the positive. I like this idea of one sentence. Surely I can “man-up” and do that, and perhaps it can help change my entire attitude. Thank you for sharing this. Hope you have your washing machine troubles taken care of soon (and I’m not a fan of communal washing machines either. Bleh.).

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    • Thanks, Lori! I hope you’ll give the happiness journal a try. One sentence is so doable. Funny thing, the evening the washing machine stopped, I was so furious. When I sat down with the journal, I thought, what in the heck could I be happy about now and then that one sentence came to me. Ha ha! I’m glad you can relate to my fear of communal washing machines. 🙂

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  34. Hi Jill, may you get a new machine very soon and I love the idea of one happy line a day. Such joy to be found in simplicity! ❤

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  35. What a great idea and quite feasible too! Once a week, I try to write down something I’ve learned that week, sometimes it’s something profound about life other times it’s just something small about cooking for example.

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  36. I love that journal, Jill. I also love the idea. I would have a hard time doing that, though. I am so used to journaling since I began doing it almost 30 years ago that I rarely write less than a paragraph, but I don’t write every single day either! So……I wish you much success. I like the idea of writing down one thing to be happy about every day, thougjh. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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    • Hi Patsy! Like yourself, I never write less than a paragraph in my journal, but I don’t write in it every day. What I like best about one sentence highlighting what made me happy that day, is maintaining a positive memory for each day. I think even on our worst day, we can find something to be happy about. Enjoy your week!

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  37. I forgot to answer your question. What makes me happy is having a day at home all alone like today! George is off today, but the kids still have school, so he took them. I get to stay home and even cook dinner for a change. (He usually likes to do the cooking.)

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  38. Oh my gosh, Jill, I love that. I’ve never seen one before. Of course I do live out beyond the sticks. 😉 I’d love to have one but, I’d never use it. I always wanted to keep a journal or diary and have tried many times. I never get passed the first day.

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  39. Jill what a wonderful idea, I use to journal all the time, when I did not have children. I remember my father even writing a piece on being a father and it was so good I asked him why he stopped? Well you could imagine my answer when he had nine children to care for. My journaling days have disappeared sadly, because I do not have the time. The one sentence idea is brilliant and would be a good challenge to write with limited words.

    Oh how we forget that everyone lives through the same domestic ups and downs as we do. I was right there with you feeling that frustration, the cold arms and aching fingers after wringing the clothes out ugh. Hope you have a nice new washing machine now.

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    • Hi Kath! I hope you’ll give the one sentence journal a try. I’ve been using it for the last twenty days and it really helps put my day into perspective. Nine children! No wonder he stopped journaling. He probably didn’t have had time to write even half of a sentence. 🙂
      I’m sorry if I sparked a negative memory with my washing machine woes. Thankfully our new machine is working like a champ. Enjoy your week! xo

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  40. I like the idea of one sentence, too. It is a great find and I have written about happiness projects before, there are so many ways to be happy and celebrate life in small moments. I agree with your not wishing to use a communal washing machine and dryer. I share my laundry room in my apartment (with 5 washers and 5 dryers) with about 100 people! I never thought I would be in this situation, but sometimes it is funny, too. We laugh about the little things that could make us cry. Glad you got all the stuff wrung out and situation fixed, Jill!

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    • Hi Robin! Yes, the small moments can equal so many happy memories. My comment about washing in a communal machine wasn’t meant in a negative way, I’m such a germaphobe, I have issues in many public areas. 🙂 I blame it on my Mamaw who constantly asked me, “Did you wash your hands?” 🙂

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  41. I can so relate to the playing catchup on the journal thing. I only have a gratitude journal (totally paranoid about keeping a real journal after discovering my mother read my teen-age version for years – I think I have mentioned to you before how I TOLD ON MYSELF for months, totally impressed with my mother’s seemingly physic abilities!!) The goal is to write down 5 points of gratitude a day. Which I have done in spurts over the years. I found myself catching up on 2013 – the whole year. So many major life events happened that year, I had to go back and TRY and capture some of the moments. One of the motivating factors to do so was thumbing through old entries and remembering precious moments that, but for the jotting them down with a grateful heart timely, would be forever lost. Love the one-line form which requires us to remember that EVERY day contains good. I think, overall, we humans are a spoiled lot!

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    • Ha ha! Yes, I remember your story about the discovered journal, Shel. It’s no wonder your paranoid. I’ll bet that made your mother feel good, you thinking she was physic. 🙂 I can see where a five point gratitude journal could become sporadic when life gets in the way. I hope you’ll try the one sentence method. It’s working quite well for me.

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  42. Good Evening Jill! I journal, pretty much every day and I journal in one of those spiral metal notebooks. I started writing in a journal in 1987 when my Mom died. I started on the premise of writing/talking to her. I can’t even put into words how it helped me. Now I just write about the things that make me happy each day. What makes me happy? Lots of things… one of them is your post that I finally am getting to read tonight!

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    • Aw…what a nice comment, Pix! It’s great to see you. I’m so happy to hear that journaling helped you through such a difficult period. I like the idea of writing as though you were talking to her. Thank you for sharing that. xo Have a great night!

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  43. I just opened up a journal a few days ago and saw that the last time I wrote in it was a couple of years ago. It was interesting to see how some things remained frustratingly the same but that other things had moved on… what was so important then was no longer so. Journaling gives me some perspective but having to write several paragraphs every day is too intimidating… So your idea of one sentence every day makes sense… and if i want to write more, then I can.

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    • Yes, journaling does give us perspective. I can understand the pressure of writing every day, it’s difficult. I hope you’ll try the one sentence. It’s the 26th of the month and I’ve captured a happy moment each day. Thanks for stopping by.

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  44. I love that quote by Tolstoy. You are right, looking at the bright side of things is a sure way to be happy.
    A lot of things make me happy but what makes me happiest is to hear my daughter giggle.

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  45. Hi Rajni! I agree, it’s a great quote. Writing what makes me happy each day forces me to find the good in even what I think is the worst day.
    Thanks for sharing what makes you happy. A child’s giggle can always brightened the darkest day.

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  46. Another great idea! My one sentence today will be, “We lost our heat pump in below freezing weather on a weekend night with no one open to call, but I am happy we have a wood stove and lots of blankets!

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  47. What makes me happy? Right now being MOVED! We’re not unpacked yet, but that can happen in stages.

    I have two journals: one for rants and another to write a line (or two) of gratitude. Lately, I’ve been neglecting both. The laundry snafu is very relatable. Oh, vey!

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