There is another way to open ourselves to goodness that I really enjoy, one I have written about before. It is a simple practice I call "The One Good Thing." It involves having an agreement with friends or family that, on some regular basis, when you get together or get in touch, you will tell each other one good thing that has happened since the last time you talked.

What I have noticed about this practice is that it trains my eye. Because I know that I'll be called upon to name One Good Thing, I am on the lookout for goodness. We see what we are looking for. If we are looking for what goes wrong, we can certainly find it. If we are looking for examples of goodness, there is so much good to discover. This may sound like a little thing, but it can make a big difference.

Patricia H. Livingston, Let in the Light