Happiness and “Remember that one time…”

“Remember that one time…” is typically how my sister and I begin conversations. We share anecdotes from our childhood that have stood the test of time. There is the time I clotheslined my dad in the kitchen and his plate of crackers scattered over the floor on impact. And, the time some guy yelled “COOKIES!” throughout a Pittsburgh Pirates game for no apparent reason.

While these stories may seem meaningless, they are positive memories of our past. There have been good times and bad times, but these are the stories we choose to tell. What story do you choose to tell about your life? How we mentally frame our stories can influence our attitudes, hope, perseverance, and resilience.