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10 Minutes a Day for Happier Parents and Swimmers

By Elizabeth Wickham, SwimSwam, 02/04/19, 12:00PM CST

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Writing about why the positive events in your life happened may seem awkward at first, but please stick with it for one week. It will get easier. 

I discovered a simple exercise that can help us—and our kids—with our mental well-being and happiness. Our kids work hard every day to improve technique, speed and endurance. Here’s an idea to help them work on a positive outlook. So much of swimming is between the ears, so why not share this positive psychology exercise with your children and try it yourself, too?

I learned about this simple practice called the “What-Went-Well Exercise” or “Three Blessings” in a book called Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. According to author Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., “We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives.