Positivity is something that has been on my mind a lot recently. It’s just so easy to be happy when it’s a beautiful outside and you don’t have to go to class. But, I have found that embracing positivity consistently takes a lot of thought and effort. I am going to try to not be too “preachy” with this. I just have a lot of information that I genuinely want to share with you guys for the sake of everyone’s well-being! Friend to friend.
It begins with gratitude
The journey to positivity begins with gratitude. Just taking some time to remind yourself of all that you have to be grateful for can seriously change the outlook of your day. Here’s a challenge: write a list of 100 things you are grateful for. I am certain that this will help you look at your day to day life a little differently. There is always someone that has it worse than you do and we all have so much to be grateful for.
Finding gratitude for some of the smallest and most obvious things in life is often incredibly impactful. Summer weather, the sunshine, and good health are all things that I am incredibly grateful for. It can be quite moving to just realize how lucky we are to be alive.
Positivity takes effort
I spent a lot of time and effort in high school training myself to think positively, and I am just now realizing how much it is paying off. Choosing to look on the bright side is always the right choice.
You may not realize how much negativity is engraved into our culture. It is statistically proven that bad news sells better than good news. Negativity excites people, but it can also be very damaging in the long run. Fighting this natural tendency takes some effort. Ultimately, you have to choose what kind of impact you are going to have. You can let other people’s negativity influence you, giving way to more negativity or you can choose to inspire positivity for other people in your life.
You should make an effort to know how you respond to both positivity and negativity. How do you set up defenses against negativity? What makes you happy? I happen to be an introvert, so having some alone time is not only necessary for me, I actually get really excited to spend time alone! Just taking a walk by myself helps clear my head and refocus my energy. If you’re an introvert like me then you can probably relate! No matter what your personality is like, just make sure you take care of yourself.
Keep a Record
Sometimes it helps to keep a record of things that make you happy or things that you are trying to accomplish. For a while in high school, I would write down all the goals I had for the day during breakfast. My goals were usually small things like compliment 3 people today, smile at someone you don’t know, get my homework done early, etc… (I lost the journal I kept these goals in, that’s why I stopped. Oops. 🙂 ) Even if you never get around to your goals, it helps to focus your mindset on positivity at the start of your day. You can also keep a Pinterest board with positive quotes or motivational inspiration just to stay in the right headspace.
Rely on God
If there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that the ultimate peace comes from our God. I think keeping positive relies on emotional stability, and for me that 100% comes from God. God didn’t create us to live in a sludge of negativity. Through Him, we have so much to rejoice in. He is the one to whom all our gratitude should be directed. He wants us to be happy.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27
All in all, it sounds pretty simple to keep a positive outlook, but I’m sure it’s no surprise that many people fail daily at this simple concept. The good thing about being positive is that you get points for trying! So, from a friend to a friend, I hope these points were helpful. Please leave any advice on positivity! I’m sure we can all learn from eachother.