Accentuate the Positive

This fantastic idea comes from Homestead Survival:

Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.

A Year Full Of Blessings Remembered from Homestead Survival

I love this idea as a way to focus on the good things that happen in our lives. So often we focus only on the negative. If you are a trainer this would be a cool thing to do with evaluations. Clip out the good ones, then when you get the occasional bad one, look at this jar and remember all the good feedback you’ve received. You might find you need a bigger jar!

What are some other ways you could adapt this idea for your personal or professional development?

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 “One to Watch” for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. Great idea for focuing on the good things that happen in your life or workplace!

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