The Power of a Good List

When I first graduated college I got a part time job at a small Catholic school as a music teacher.  I immediately introduced the “Caught Being Good” list in my classroom.  I had a sign on my wall and underneath the sign were pieces of colorful paper with the names of each child that I caught doing something nice for another student or just working extra hard.  The kids loved getting on the list!  I adored the fact that I was highlighting something positive for the short time the students spent in my classroom.

I love a good list!  It’s very helpful when you need a moment to be reflective.  A list allows you to go back and focus on something that maybe you have taken for granted.  Much like a grocery list, it also deters you from forgetting something!  I have started my own list for 2013.  It’s a gratitude list.


Definition:  Gratitude (noun) græ tə tood  1.  Thanks; a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something.  2.  The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.


Nothing can make someone feel more optimistic than looking at a long list of all the fantastic things in your life.  I recommend taking the most stressful part of your life and finding 10 things you can be grateful for in it!   If you are having a bad day at work, list a few things that you really like about your job.  If your family is driving you nuts, make a list of a few things that that you adore about them.  A taxing situation has you down?  Make a list of all the great outcomes you anticipate.

I’m telling you….gratitude is good for the soul!  Last week I listed out loud a bunch of things I was happy to be a part of at work and it changed my entire day.  Not only was I not bothered by things that would usually make me nuts but I was genuinely happy, more productive and left my office feeling extraordinary.  Just reminding myself of basic things like; “I am grateful for a good salary” or “I’m so happy to have a short commute” or “I have health insurance!” kept my focus on the positive.

Make a list today.   Feel free to post on the facebook page or in the comment section below how it goes.  I would love to hear how it changed your day for the better!


“Give thanks in everything.  For this is the will of God in Christ for you.”  1 Thess. 5:18

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