My favorite class of the semester is Identifying and Exploring Entrepreneurship Opportunities. There are a lot of reasons this class is my favorite; one of them being the teaching method that my professor uses. It’s not the typical “read the textbook, memorize the material, and then take an exam” course. Instead of textbooks, my professor chose two novels that he felt would help us in a real, practical way. His focus is to teach us and help us apply methods that will be beneficial to us in the future, such as increasing creativity, association, and networking. The semester isn’t even halfway done and I’ve already learned so much.

One of our assignments for the semester was to write down three things we are grateful for, for 21 consecutive days. So, every day at 9:00 pm, I would come up with three things I was grateful for that day (I had to set an alarm on my phone because I would always forget). Some days I would write things like ice cream and cats, but other times I would list things like my family and the opportunities that I have. The assignment is now over, but every night I tend to think about positive things about my day.

This assignment really helped me shift my thinking from the negative to the positive, even on bad days (like today- I received some bad news and then I spilled my coffee all over my desk…my poor coffee..). I just try to focus on what I’m grateful for and it really helps.

Harvard Health Publishing created a list of ways to develop gratitude:

Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.

Thank someone mentally. No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you and mentally thank the individual.

Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you’ve received each day.

Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as three to five things — that you will identify each week. As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.

Pray. People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.

Meditate. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as “peace”), it is also possible to focus on what you’re grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.).


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