I have been thinking a lot lately about the power of positivity and how much it can affect your life. I know first hand that it can be life changing. I used to be fairly positive in my younger days, but I definitely had a much more negative attitude overall. I absolutely hated high school and my life during those years up until I met my husband. If only I could go back in time and be as positive then as I am now, there is no telling what I might have accomplished differently. But there is no need to dwell on the past, we just need to focus on the present, right?
So what really got me thinking hard about the whole being positive thing was some Facebook posts that an old high school friend posted. She is literally ALWAYS so negative on there and is constantly complaining about things. I’ve seen her post about how bad her life sucks and how she can’t catch a break, and how she wishes she had a better job, a better car, could eat out for dinner, blah blah blah…. I can’t help but think that if anyone has constant bad luck and thinks that anything and everything sucks, then IT IS ALWAYS GOING TO SUCK! Like don’t we all reap what we sow? I mean of course everyone is going to have a bad day every now and then, and we all have bad luck streaks too. But if you let them bring you down like she does, you will stay down. She is so negative every day that people have started commenting on her posts telling her about how she could really use some positivity in her life and how if all she is going to do is complain everyday then she needs to spare us all. (It’s REALLY REALLY BAD Ya’ll!) But she doesn’t seem to take peoples suggestions very nicely so I have just kept my mouth closed on the subject. But I just wish I could get her to comprehend how to be truly grateful for what she already has, rather than for what she wishes she had. I know that would help her easily become a much more positive person naturally. For those of you who are wondering if I have tried talking to her, the answer is yes, but unfortunately it didn’t seem to do any good. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t keep hoping that she will come around. So in honor of us all trying to be “positive Polly’s” instead of “negative Nancy’s” I have decided to issue us all a POSITIVITY CHALLENGE! The challenges that I want you to try are simple yet effective. So over the next few weeks, just see how many of these you can incorporate into your daily life. I’m sure that a lot of you already do these things but its alway’s a great idea to incorporate even more positivity into our lives so why not give it a try?
- #1 SMILE
- #2 COMPLIMENT OTHERS
- #3 STOP COMPLAINING
- #4 SPREAD POSITIVE MESSAGES all over your Social Media
- #5 GIVE (Give to a charity, homeless or anyone that needs it)
- #6 Do small ROAK (Random Acts Of Kindness)
- #7 FORGIVE someone that needs forgiving and be freed of any grudges.
The more you try to incorporate these little tasks into your daily life, the more they just become a natural habit. Before I let you go, I want to share a quick story about a compliment I gave someone recently and how they reacted….
I went to my local Publix grocery store before work one day last week to grab a sub from the deli for lunch. There was the cutest kid working behind the counter with a gorgeous head full of dark curly hair. He totally reminded me of a young Nick Jonas (Jonas Brother). He took my order and then I said “you sure have a gorgeous head of hair!” He looked at me and grinned ear to ear. Then he said “Thank you, thank you so much. All of my friends make fun of my hair and call me mop.” I said “Well I think it makes you look like a movie star.” And from then on he could not quit smiling. I did not say that to him to make his day, I was just telling him how I really felt about his gorgeous hair. But once he finished my sandwich and handed me my order, he said “Mam, you really just made my day.” And then THAT, MADE MY DAY. Being able to see that kid smile so big was the best feeling ever. I know that does not seem like a very big deal, but if we all did small things that made each other feel good every day, imagine how wonderful our world would be.
So do me a favor and try to incorporate some of the simple challenges into your daily life, and then in a few weeks, I am going to post a followup to this post and want to hear how your challenge went.