Three good things

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As I worked through the IHI Joy in Work course I was able to tap into what nearly 800 people across the world (16 different countries) and what they were testing and learning as they take part in the course. One tool that resonated this week was an exercise called the 3 Good Things.

In this short video Bryan Sexton talks you through the exercise and the research, the impact on sleep and how it supports building resilience. A few phrases and explanations really stood out and helped frame the context.

You are hard wired to remember the negative aspects of our day. You don't remember the good things or funny moments like good jokes because they aren't going to keep you alive and our brains decide that for survival it is more important for you to remember the bad stuff that happen to us so you don't go there again.

Sure then, keeping the bad stuff at the front of our minds helps us survive, but doesn't help you thrive. So because it's not natural for you to recall the bright spots you have to work at it. The negative stuff screams at you while the positive whispers. You have to create the time and space for the whispers to be heard.

Creating the time and space with an exercise like the 3 good things and establishing a consistency with it is described in the video as a powerful psychological intervention. It can give the usual teflon like tendencies of good stuff a chance to stick. [Good things slide off teflon style, bad things stick to us like velcro].

There is no denying the emotional impact of your work, the pressure and the challenges you'll face. There are actions you can consciously choose to do that will help build your resilience. Try the 3 good things exercise for the next 14 days and let me know.........