Lily's Magical High 5 Habit
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Lily who always felt scared and worried about everything. She worried about the dark, the monsters under her bed, and even the barking dogs outside her window. One day, her wise grandmother told her about the High 5 Habit.
"The High 5 Habit is a magical way to train your brain to focus on the good things in life," said her grandmother. "By celebrating your small wins every day, you can create a positive feedback loop that makes you feel happy and confident." (Mel Robbins)
Lily was intrigued and asked, "But why do we need to celebrate small wins?"
"Because our brain has a built-in negativity bias," explained her grandmother. "It's like a little voice inside our head that always tells us what's wrong and what could go wrong. By celebrating our small wins, we can quiet that voice and make room for positive thoughts."
Lily decided to give it a try. Every morning, she took five minutes to reflect on the previous day and identify five small wins, no matter how small they were. She wrote them down in her special notebook and said them out loud, really feeling the positive emotions associated with each win.
At first, it was hard for her to come up with five wins every day, but with practice, it became easier. She started noticing things that she used to take for granted, like the sun shining or the birds singing outside her window.
As she continued with the High 5 Habit, Lily noticed that she felt happier and more confident. She was no longer afraid of the dark or the monsters under her bed. She even made new friends at school because she felt more comfortable talking to people.
One day, Lily's teacher assigned a big project that she was afraid she couldn't do. But instead of feeling scared, she remembered all the small wins she had celebrated over the past few weeks. She felt a surge of confidence and started working on the project. To her surprise, she did an amazing job and got an A+.
Lily realized that the High 5 Habit was not just a habit, but a magical tool that helped her change her brain and her life. From that day on, she continued celebrating her small wins every day, knowing that each High 5 was a step towards her dreams. And they lived happily ever after. The end.
What did Lily learn from her grandmother about the High 5 Habit, and how did it help her feel happier and more confident?