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The Power of Positivity

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

It’s the end of Week 2 for my Aspire and Inspire BSG challenge and time to write the assigned blog! I chose the one about positive thinking.

September 13th was Positive Thinking Day. The power of positive thinking is absolutely astounding. Medical research confirms that a positive attitude works wonders at fighting disease and ailments, from the common cold to cancer. People with an "I think I can" attitude, are far more likely to succeed at work, and in accomplishing every goal they set in life.

Do you think you have a positive attitude? How do you keep a positive attitude when people around you are not positive.

I believe that I naturally am a very positive person. Most of the time I look at the glass half full instead of half empty and I look at the positives in everybody, including myself (that’s the hardest, since I think we all tend to be most critical with ourselves.) It does take work to have a positive attitude at times, and I realize that I have strategies in place to keep it up. After all, not every day is full of positivity - sometimes you don’t feel well or something happens that makes you feel worried or anxious or depressed. I can be in a good mood and then my dh and I have a disagreement and I get annoyed at him! LOL We can’t expect to be upbeat and full of rainbows and unicorns every moment of every day! I found a great quote that I like that shows the reality of positivity.

I totally agree with this - when things go wrong or something bad happens, you have to let yourself feel the emotions about it, and then release them and MOVE ON, believing that things will get better again! If you hold on to or push down negative emotions, whether they are anger, resentment, sadness, fear, etc. that stress will manifest itself in your body and can create dis-ease. I have always been a proponent of "forgive and forget" in relation to negative feelings toward others or myself! Put the past in the past and keep it there.

Worrying about the future is something I do have to work on though. I realize I can’t worry about what will happen to me or someone else in the future - in most cases I can’t control that. I can only do something now and enjoy this moment and day.

So, how do I keep up the positive attitude? By surrounding myself with positivity in all different ways and staying away from negativity (like the news or negative social media, for example) Here are some of the things I do:

*Use meditation, music and affirmations to calm myself if I am worrying about something (I did this a lot through my recent breast cancer scare and with my son’s addiction challenges)
*Read inspirational and motivational quotes, stories and books.
*Watch something funny on TV or YouTube.
*Exercise always helps me feel better!
*Surround myself with positive people who are humorous and full of fun!
*Get support and encouragement from family, friends and SparkFriends
*Keep setting goals that stretch and challenge myself to learn and grow.
*Use variety and change to keep my life interesting.
*Don’t give up if I have a setback. Remember that tomorrow is always a new day, and I can accomplish anything I desire through persistence and belief in myself! emoticon

*Most of all, I focus on being present and grateful for all the beauty around me and little things we tend to take for granted.

I have this sign in my kitchen that I look at each day. It’s very simple but great advice!

Finally, here is a positivity pledge and another poster I found that I think are worth reviewing over and over again.

*It says: “What makes us stronger are the challenges we face, the obstacles we overcome, and the achievements we make. A positive attitude can create remarkable results. Use your mind, body, and your soul to create, achieve, and live your goals..."
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  • CKSMITH385
    Thank you. Positivity is such an important mindset.
    1 hour ago
    Great Thoughts!
    2 hours ago
    Good blog
    5 hours ago
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  • BEFIT018
    emoticon on Featured Blog award! emoticon
    5 hours ago
    Great reminders
    6 hours ago
    Positivity is a choice. It’s one you must wake up every day and make. It’s the way I am choosing to live each and every day. My mantra, “Every day is not good, but there is something good in every day.”
    7 hours ago
  • BEFIT018
    Love your ways to keep positive! I especially like that 3rd poster.
    13 hours ago
    Surround yourself in positive. Yes! Your list is great. I do many of the activities that you mention; meditation, exercise and positive conversation to keep upbeat and focused on my goals. emoticon
    1 day ago
    Great blog Amy!
    I totally agree positive attitudes affect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and your health.

    Positive thinking is a key part of effective stress management and effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. Positive thinking means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

    Thanks for posting.
    1 day ago
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  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing these tips and pics
    1 day ago
    Great tips for staying positive!
    1 day ago
    Great blog! I believe in power of positivity.
    1 day ago
    Great blog. I totally agree. I find that I am happiest when I am living the life I want to live which is a fairly simple existence. Taking care of my husband, taking care of the things I am blessed to have which is a lot, being a moral and kind person, helping others in ways that don't overwhelm me, exploring my environment, enjoying nature, living in the present and not the past nor fretting about the future. I have plenty to keep me busy. I will still have to endure times of hardship, like we all do, but they will not be ones that I have created but ones we all must face, like the death of a loved one or illness.

    In order to stay positive, I, personally, have to be careful of what I let into my "home". Years ago I read Andrew Weil's book, "Eight Weeks To Optimum Health" and found it very helpful to me. He recommended taking a break from the news, not in order to be stupid and uniformed but to reduce your stress. Most of the news is bad news and at one time I watched it most of the day. I don't need to know about every tragedy, every flood, every storm, every person who has been murdered, every politician that has been indicted all over the world. It just makes me miserable and really upsets my hubby. I can set an example by living a moral life and by surrounding myself with people who live the same way. I will not encourage, associate with, nor vote for immoral people that will bring me down. I watch uplifting movies. I read fun books. I am happy and I don't let anyone or anything steal my joy.
    1 day ago

    Comment edited on: 9/17/2018 9:06:29 AM
    Thank you for posting this and sharing your methods of keeping positive.
    1 day ago
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