Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Positively Positive

(My wall of positivity on the door in my office)

The hard part about expecting the worst is that as soon as something bad happens you think, "See, I knew the bottom would fall out". You don't leave a chance to even feel joy of day-to-day life. Outwardly I'm a pretty upbeat & positive person. Inside though, I'm a destructive worrier. So, I've made a goal this past month to be more positive.

Hence here's my little list of ways to have daily positive thinking:

1. Stop saying bad things to yourself. Especially outloud. This is so ridiculously hard for me & I know I'm not the only one. I don't allow my kids to do it, I shouldn't allow myself to.

2. Say nice things to yourself. Especially outloud. I've made this a recent goal & it's hard sometimes to say, "I'm the bomb at that!". It feels vain. But it's not. 'Cause you are the bomb at it.

3. Be grateful. I've started asking Scott every night in bed to tell me one thing he is grateful for that day, then I tell him one thing I'm grateful for. Even on the hard days, this puts it all in perspective.

4. Surround yourself with positive people. Seriously though, I have awesome friends who are full of upbeat radness.

5. Be the positive person that positive people want to be around. I've always had the goal to not bring the people around me down but I've been working harder on that. I complain & grumble all the time, especially to close friends, but I try hard to make my complaining funny whenever possible.

Which brings me to my last one...

6. Have a sense of humor. Even in my darkest hours I've tried to laugh. Find the humor in the blackness. I have a husband who excels at this & never ceases to make me giggle, even when I'm crying.

So, there you go, friends! Hope you all feel positive & perky. Feel free to leave a positive comment on some ways that you stay positive!


Marlena said...

I love this post!! Sometimes it's easy to let the little things get to you! I have also really made it a point to think and act more positively! And to always smile :) Miss you guys! hope your week is going great!

Sarah said...

I LOVE your "Wall of Positivity." And you post made me think about how recently when I say something negative about myself, my husband will look at me and say, "Stop talking about my wife that way." Ha ha, clever of him. Clever but true! The world is a much better place we're happy and nice.

Sarah said...

your post. so annoying to find typos ;)

Rachel+Co said...

you ARE a happy shining force. and the bomb and many things. <3

Katie said...

I agree. With everything.

Esther Noelle said...

Such a cute wall of positive affirmations! I believe in the power of positive thinking! I listen to my hypnobabies "after the baby comes" track which helps me think all kinds of positive things about being a good mom! Love all your ideas.