Positive Thinking Day is September 13…
This is a day I celebrate each day. It is a choice that I make. Some days are harder than others, and some situations require a lot more to keep me focused on the positive but I do.
Most of the members here tend to have a positive attitude. But we all know a handful that just can’t make that leap to being a positive person. As a good friend said I can’t get out of my own way.
Here are some ways to help take you along the road to being positive….
1. Follow Ron and Alexandra Seigel post and learn how to be in the present. It sounds simple but I can assure you it takes some effort. However, if you do, you’ll learn to appreciate more of what you have in life.
2. Play Pollyanna. If you’re of a certain age, you may remember the movie Pollyanna starring Hayley Mills. Pollyanna tried to find the good in every person and situation.
It does work! I have been lovingly laughed at because I do try to find one positive thing in almost every person I’ve met no matter how awful they are. (the flip side is that I can be your worst enemy if you do harm to my friends or family.)
3. Be Selective. Divest yourself of people who make you feel like you want to dig a hole and climb into it every time you see them. This is a lot easier the older you get. Instead, be around people who are upbeat.
4. Work on your health. Nothing brings you down more than when you aren’t feeling well. Our daily walks, for example, is how we jumpstart our day. We are out in nature which is a show itself and among others who are positive about what they’re doing.
5. Get social. And not on social media. Get out and be with other people...play tennis, join a book club, join a gym.
6. Give to others. Nothing makes us forget what’s going on in our own lives more than giving to others. Whether it’s volunteering at a local charity or offering to help a friend with a task, this will blast the Positive door wide open.
7. Rethink what you say. When you are asked how you are, why not respond with something more positive than how your back is aching or what a terrible day you’ve had.
You’re only perpetuating your negative feeling and dragging someone else down with you.
For my September 11 post, I purposely chose the title Always Remember rather than Never Forget.
For me, the former had a more positive tone to it.
8. Make a daily habit of doing or saying something nice to people you know and meet. You’d be surprised at how uplifting it is for you and others when you share your smile with them.
9. Be kinder to yourself. Allow yourself to be human. Treat yourself to the trip or new outfit you’ve wanted. We are worth it.
10. In a situation that is about to turn negative, ask yourself what’s the worse thing that could happen if it did. Often I’ve found that what could happen isn’t as bad as I feared.
There’s a lot of anger around and I’m not going to take the easy way out and blame some politician or talking head I don’t even know. They don’t control me.
I choose to be positive. Care to join me?