Have you ever noticed how easy it is to catch yourself in a bad mood? I often doesn’t take much for us to give into negativity… simply an image on Instagram, or a post on Facebook can be powerful enough to send your happy-go-lucky self into a negativity downfall.
It may seem easier at times, worthwhile, or more natural to be negative. But in the end – does negativity result in future happiness? In my experience … no. Only a positive mental change can result in future happiness.
And maybe this is too spiritual… deep… or emotional for you tackle at the moment. Maybe you feel that you try be positive but somethings just get you down. Or perhaps you didn’t even know that you were negative in the first place. I know I didn’t…
I wasn’t until other people starting pointing things out to me, did I know how negative I had let myself become. I new I wasn’t happy but I wasn’t doing anything about it. So after getting a pretty big kick in the ass… I made a change. A lot of changes actually! So many… that now I wondering why I didn’t do this all sooner!
At first, I started small. One thing lead to another, and another, and another. And soon… I felt myself on a positivity roll, as if only good vibes were coming my way. And as simple as it seems, I suddenly felt happy.
If you’er looking for a way out of your negativity… start small. One step towards being more positive will lead to another, and soon another. And it won’t be long before you find your feet again and things suddenly become a bit brighter.
One tool that I used, and still use today is a gratitude journal.
Each day I spend 5 minutes, preferably alone or in silence, reflecting and focusing on the positivity in my life. And in my journal I write one thing I am grateful for. It can be a simple sentence, or a small entry. A big life moment, or an everyday pleasure. Nothing is too big or too small to mention.
The experience for me, has been huge help in starting my days on the right foot. When I first started I wrote in the journal each night, but now I leave it on my kitchen table. I like to write and review old entries in the morning when I am feeling the happiest and most inspired.
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It some ways this may seem silly that I have to constantly remind myself to be positive – but on the other side… I am so much happier because of it. It only takes one step. And then another… and soon your walking. Positivity is contagious! Be warned! 🙂 Welcome yourself to positive thoughts, take positive actions, and enjoy positive living… because life is to short not too!
Image Source: Melanie Moushigian Koulouris