Tip 41: Happy File


a happy file is a folder or box where you deposit records of happy events, thank you notes that touch you, and other tokens of your successes. On the days you can’t face the world, you pull out the happy file and review the contents. You’ll feel better. I have a work one and a home one. Sappy notes from kids, a special note from hubby, etc. They provide a real boost in the dark days that we all face now and then. They can also help validate your self worth when it takes a beating.

I used to have one of these and then … I forgot to update it and now I have no idea where it is.

I could have really taken advantage of it this semester. Perhaps I should reinstitute it.

from the Chronicle’s fora.

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