BeeOasis Step 1
Jim sat into a soft, red chair. He looked down, and then he started to cry. “Am I asking too much?” he said. “I just want to be happy.”
Dr. Jones gave Jim a box of paper tissues. “Thank you,” said Jim as he took the paper tissue and blew his nose.
The room fell silent for a moment, and then Dr. Jones spoke. “You can be happy,” she said. Her voice was round and soft. “It’s not that hard.”
“What can I do?” asked Jim.
“Actually, there are many things you can do,” said Dr. Jones. “And the good news is this. By working on your happiness, you can become more successful. You see, happiness doesn’t just come from success. Happiness causes success.”
Jim was listening now. He wanted to learn ways to become happier. Dr. Jones told Jim about a book by Dr. Richard Wiseman. The book is called “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot.”
“The idea is simple,” said Dr. Jones. “You can change your life in 59 seconds. You just need to do a few things that will change your way of thinking.”
Now Jim was really listening. “What kind of things can I do?” he asked in a much bigger voice.
“Well, for one, you can work on being more thankful. And there is an easy way to do it. Every day this week, spend a few minutes writing. Write about the things for which you are thankful.”
“I think I understand,” said Jim. “But could you give me some examples?”
“Yes, sure I can,” said Dr. Jones. “Today’s lunch was delicious. That coffee tasted great. Those flowers are beautiful. My friends are nice to me.”
“I see,” said Jim. “There are many good things in my life. And it’s easy for me to forget, so when I’m thankful, I remember the good things.”
“That’s right,” said Dr. Jones. “So this week, every day write down 5 things for which you are thankful. Then come back next week, and let’s talk again.”
Jim jumped up from the red chair, and he said, “Let’s do it! I’ll see you next week!”
The next week, Jim came to meet Dr. Jones. He walked into her office with. . .