How To Live A Positive Life
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You Can Choose To Be Positive
I believe every situation can be seen negatively or positively. You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you react.
Instead of allowing negative situations to weigh you down, I challenge you to look at it in a positive light. You can choose to be negative, or you can choose to be positive.
I promise you that living life in the positive light will make you so much happier.
We all have that friend. Let’s call her “Negative Nancy”. We love Nancy, but we also can’t stand to be around her for too long. She’s so negative! Nancy always has something bad going on in her life, and she never gets a break. It seems like she’s not grateful for anything.
And don’t get me started on her one-up game. You know, you say something, and she negates what you say by telling you she’s dealing with something worse? Gosh I despise that.
Us positive people try to look on the bright side of things, and let Nancy know that you’re there for her. But no amount of listening, advise, or help will change her mind.
It’s quite sad really.
I’ve spent a significant amount of time in my life living on the negative side of things. And guess what? I was miserable. Who wants to live their life unhappy? It’s not fun, and it’s painful.
So if you are a negative Nancy, or would just like to push yourself towards happiness, keep reading.
Change your mindset, Change your life
Let’s be honest for a second. I’m not saying that every minute of every day will rainbows and butterflies. We all have bad days, and it’s appropriate to be upset. But living your life in the dumps is only blocking you from your full potential. Change your mindset, change your life.
Let me provide you with a few examples…
Negative: “I have to walk all the way up this hill to go to school.”
Positive: “I’m grateful that I have healthy legs to take me up this hill, so I can be educated.”
Negative: “I can’t believe I have to wait in line at the grocery store, there are never enough employees working here!”
Positive: “I’m glad that I’m wealthy enough to buy the groceries me and my family need.”
Negative: “I hate driving in traffic to go to work!”
Positive: “I’m lucky enough to have a car to take me to the job that supports me.”
Change your negative into a positive
When I found myself complaining, I would stop, and change it into a positive.
The other day, I was being particularly salty about life, and I had a pretty bad day. I was upset all day and when my boyfriend got home, I told him all about it…
- I didn’t work out this morning, I’m so lazy.
- I took a nap today because I was so exhausted. I’m ashamed because I got less work done.
- I ate unhealthy, and I shouldn’t have because I’m supposed to be eating healthy.
- The paintings I made were terrible, and I didn’t make any solid work.
- I only made ‘x’ amount of sales this month, I wish I had more or done more.
Whoa! Stop right there Nancy!
Sheesh, sounds like I’ve been pretty hard on myself all day right?
This is when my boyfriend responds with, “Now turn all of those negatives into positives.”
(We remind each other to do this when we’re having a bad day).
- I’ve worked out every other day this week, I deserve a day off.
- Catching up on much needed sleep was great, because my body obviously needed it.
- I ate delicious food today, and it’s okay not to eat like a rabbit all the time.
- I got to practice new techniques, and explore new ideas today with my paintings.
- I’ve sold ‘x’ amount of paintings this month, and I’ve worked hard for that. I’ll sell more.
Easy right? Well not all the time, but with practice it will come more naturally.
If this advise isn’t enough for you, let me give you a little something else. I’ve found something you can take home with you, enjoy, and enjoy over again.
Jordan, “I want to be happy now, DAMMIT!”
I’ve got just the thing for you.
A Bedside Read
Now, if you want a quick, fun, and helpful read, read this book.
How To Be Happy, Dammit! Written by Karen Salmansohn. This book is a “cynic’s guide to spiritual happiness”!
I absolutely love this book! This book is different. It’s easy to read, it’s colorful, and it does not sugar coat anything!
Seriously, I’ve read this book three times to remind myself of all the pearls of wisdom inside.
Before you know it you’ll be that annoyingly positive person AND YOU’LL LOVE IT! People will flock to you because your energy will be contagious! Your friends won’t be able to help themselves; they’ll have to be positive too.
If they don’t, share this post with them and hopefully we can change the world together!
Remember that sadness and negativity loves company, but also remember that happiness and positivity are contagious!