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Three Good Things Thursday

Giant Granny Square and Maggie o'farrell book

If you’ve read my latest book or follow me on social media (and golly it’s totally FINE if you haven’t and don’t!) you might know that I am a fan of the Three Good Things practice.

If you are not familiar with this, it is what it is. Each day – or when you remember – you notice Three Good Things that you experienced. It sounds a bit fluffy, but it’s not. In fact practicing Three Good Things is scientifically correlated with long term wellbeing.

The things might be big or small. It doesn’t matter which. What matters is that they felt good to you and that you noticed them. That’s what counts.

I like to write mine down or share them on social media to spread the Three Good Things practice about, but you could even just think about them as a sort of meditation, if you prefer.

Maybe you already do Three Good Things? Or perhaps today is going to be your first time?! Whichever it is, I’m on board too!!!

  1. I’m reading a book by Maggie O’Farrell and I’m so glad I have (belatedly) stumbled across her work. I can’t wait to read Hamnet next! Perhaps you are much cleverer than me and have been a Maggie fan for ages?
  2. People are sharing their kind wishes with me about my Nan. She’s in hospital at the moment and kind wishes are very much appreciated. She’s 98 and I am very much hoping she’s mending well. I can’t go and see her, because she’s in another state, but mum Face-timed from the hospital yesterday so I got to see her cheeky face.
  3. The camellia bush in my garden is flowering (and the daphne next door is too! I love daphne so much! It might just be my favourite fragrance.) Aren’t we lucky to have daphne in winter and jasmine in spring? It’ll be spring here before we know it and we can think about all kinds of springy garden things.

So that is my Three Good Things for today. (It’s quite early, so I know there will be more.)

I really like doing this as often as I can, especially when things are as hard and weird as they are now.

Maybe we can check in here each week and talk about Three Good Things together? I think so. I do. Let’s do it on a Thursday!

Do you have some good things to share?

xx Pip

PS: I’m making a KING Size granny square for my bed! This is the start of it!

  • Debbie
    June 28, 2020 at 4:47 PM

    I’m rubbish at comments but think I should Make an Effort. I love Maggie O Farrell but didn’t know about Hamnet. I’ve been struggling recently with family, work, all the things. Three good things could be a good idea,
    1. I went on a beautiful evening walk last week with friends, we took a new route, and turned right when we all would normally turn left, it was fab. We’re going on another one, and decided this is a new Walking Club.
    2. I started running with my 13 year old. Really tricky to fit in around life and a demanding 8 year old but we did week 1.
    3. I made a chard and potato curry with chard I grew in a broken freezer tray. And coriander I grew too. Feeling smug.
    Not so good, I made a jumpsuit on Friday, woke up at 5am today… and realised I forgot the seam allowance. X
    I hope your granny is getting better.

    • Pip
      July 2, 2020 at 2:34 PM

      Guess what? My Nan IS much better! And guess what else? Your things are SO good. I loved reading them and I’m making curry today. HOO-ray! Hope you are still doing good stuff. x

  • Caroline
    June 27, 2020 at 5:41 AM

    Hi, Pip, I hope your nan is soon well and back within the fold. Love your posts. Thank you. Here’s mine today (had to dig deep, too–I get cranky):
    Filed my taxes
    Got some much-needed groceries
    Started online yoga class Yay!

  • Cheryl
    June 26, 2020 at 2:39 AM

    I agree with the previous poster that a “gratitude” journal has been an awful challenge for me lately. We’re meant to go back and read over things we’ve been grateful for and when I go back, all I see are things I semi-begrudgingly wrote just to check the thing off my list. I MUCH prefer three GOOD things, at least as an option on those days when I am just not feeling the gratitude authentically. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  • Chloe
    June 25, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    I hope your nan is on the mend soon. It’s hard not to be with family in situations like these. Finding 3 good things is such a good idea when there’s so much to moan about. I’m in the UK and it’s far too hot for me at the moment, the pollen count is way too high for my hayfever, etc etc. But there are so many good things around me if I remember to look for them, like loads of daytime hugs with my 9 year old, who hasn’t gone back to school yet, making bunting as a surprise for my friend and her kids (shhh!) and finding new music to listen to that lifts my spirit. So thank you!!

  • Kay
    June 25, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    I do this occasionally, in fact I have a lovely notebook to write them in. So here are three from for today.
    1. Your lovely blog post reminding me that I have much to be grateful for and prompting me to start remembering them again in my notebook.
    2. A new top which arrive yesterday and is floaty and cool because we are in the middle of a heatwave in England and I melt in the heat, today will be 27 degrees here which is boiling and rare for us.
    3. I have a pavlova in the oven using up the egg whites from last nights carbonara, I love a good pudding and it will be filled with blackberries that I froze last autumn from nearby hedgerows so practically free too.
    have a good week. x

  • Kate
    June 25, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    1. My Daphne is about to flower, just a tiny bit excited
    2. My first time back at yoga since the virus and the ladies all being so welcoming and caring
    3. I met my new great niece today, had baby cuddles and got to hang out with my sister.

    Cheers Kate

  • Cath
    June 25, 2020 at 5:53 PM

    Love this. Hope your granny stabilises.
    Mine three are:
    I am out of my reading funk, loving a book set in Iran called Aria
    I am baking, Falastin tahini and cinnamon scrolls are delicious and not too sweet
    I have lovely clients I get to visit at home (home visiting nurse)

  • Reannon
    June 25, 2020 at 4:26 PM

    Oh Pip, I hadn’t read about your nan. I bet it must be really hard to not be able to visit her right now. Here’s hoping your nan’s good health returns quickly.

    And at the height of the pandemic I was doing three good things. It was so helpful & I found it much better/easier than a gratitude journal.

    A king size blanket!!! Do your hands/fingers ever get sore? I’m finding I am getting sore fingers with all the crochet I am doing & have to stop more often than I’d like.

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