We watched the Masterpiece Theatre version of Pollyanna last night with the girls and enjoyed every minute. The scenery and costumes were just gorgeous, but the thing I loved the most was the "glad game" Pollyanna taught everyone she knew. The basic premise is to turn around disappointment or discouragement with something about the situation that could be seen as positive.
The glass half full theory. In general I find it pretty easy to be happy and see my daily life as positive, but I'm also very easily overwhelmed by mundane, repetitive tasks. Today I played the "glad game" with myself and powered through some chores I wasn't looking forward to taking on.
My room was a mess. A giant mess. Instead of putting it off another day I said to myself "I'm glad I have such a bright, happy room. It always feels much better in here when it's clean." Within about two hours I'd completely cleaned and rearranged the furniture. Now I have a really sunny place to sit and knit or read. And when that rare luxury presents itself, if it isn't happening as long as I'd like I'll think "I'm glad I have this sunny corner to enjoy...however short my time here may be".
When I walked out of my clean bedroom and found the mess the girls had made in the living room I thought "seriously?! Why can I only keep one room in this house clean at a time?" And then I remembered to think "I'm so glad that at least one room in my house is perfectly clean today."
Call me Pollyanna, but I think being glad is more fun than the alternative, so I'll gladly wear the title if I can manage to keep up the feeling of being glad.