So, I have a confession: Pregnancy hormones make me crazy. During the day, I feel pretty happy-go-lucky, but as Alex and I lie down at night, my mind starts spinning. Every night, I’m plagued by a new random worry: Is Toby a happy child? Does he feel loved? Does he eat enough fish? Do I eat enough fish? Did I lock my bike? Will the new baby be okay? Is the living-room power strip a fire hazard?! No, seriously, Alex, will you go check the power strip?!!
You name it, I’ve stressed out about it.
In the brilliant Happy documentary, researchers revealed that one way to help increase happiness is to keep a gratitude journal. Even the small act of writing down three things per week can substantially boost your happiness. So, let’s do it! What are three things you’re grateful for today? I would say: Trader Joe’s chocolate covered almonds, early spring days, and chatting with my mom on the phone. Also, the etiquette section of the New York Times. Double dates. Whispering in bed before falling asleep. Swimming at night. Toddlers’ beautiful round bellies.
What about you?
(This is what I look like at night.)
P.S. Words of encouragement, and a genius trick for worriers.
(Top photo by First Sight Daily and winter blues illustration by Gemma Correll, for sale here)