THE PURPOSE OF THIS DIARY
1. to increase our happiness level through awareness and, believe it or not,
2. through changing the "hard wiring" of our brain to notice AND
3. to seek out happiness causers (and keep them in our lives).
It helps to cultivate positive feelings and to experience them more deeply. It also changes one's perspective on life, which has a much greater effect than improving one's circumstances in life - and it is much more under our control.
Greater effect, more control over causing it - a very potent combination.
WHAT TO DO
As soon as possible after experiencing happiness or anything positive, write it down in detail and rate the feeling on a scale of 1 to 100. (You can do this in retrospect, entering it in a journal. You can do this at the time in your Master Notebook, which some people will have integrate into it their journals.) Ask yourself if this is something you want to put more of in your life and then list it in your Reminders Notebook in your "practices" section, as "happiness practices." (See also The Happiness Practices.)
FOR HOW LONG?
Although it would be a good lifetime habit, do it for at least three months (or even a few weeks if that is all you can manage).
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT THAT I DO THIS?
Just do it! It'll change your life!