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Sunday, October 06, 2013

This weekend as I was falling asleep, a thought jarred me away: I've been one of those people - the negative people.

I don't think it's been constant (hopefully!), but I realized I'd been complaining about things more than I'd like. Everyone has bad days, and sometimes everyone has bad patches, but it really bothered me that I was focusing on the negatives so much.

For example, things are a bit unsettling at work (a reorg is taking place). A lot of people are understandably negative and angry...and I feel like I've let that creep in. Will it help me to join in the negativity? No. It's certainly not going to change anything, and it only makes me feel bad.

Instead, I should look at the positives. I still have my job, which I like. Maybe it'll be eliminated in a month, or six months...or never. So what is being angry all the time and complain about the situation all the time going to do? Nothing!

To get back into a positive frame of mine, I've decided to list off a few things I'm grateful for each day. Just in my head or in my paper journal. I do have so much to be thankful for. Like my cats - even something as simple as watching them wrestle makes me laugh so hard sometimes!

I think this will help with my mental health as well as my weight loss/physical health. I've interviewed many people who have survived cancer or other health crises and each person has said having a positive attitude is so important. One man put it the best: "If you have a bad attitude and you go through treatment, sure, you'll get better. But it'll take that much *longer*."

Here's to a positive outlook - and a positive journey toward better health. :)
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    You aren't one of "those people!" I know those people. You've had a rough patch with losing Rosie, stress and school, family issues, and more.

    However, I love the idea of a grateful journal. And if you start looking at the positive things, your whole mindset changes. And that's a great thing.
    1600 days ago
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