As I began 2013 I was full of optimism and hope for a better year than last year. I had plans to live my days with joy and gratitude because I have so much to be happy and grateful for. By maintaining this positive frame of mind and avoiding negative emotions I would be able to achieve the bliss I desire to carry with me through my days. I started out that way but somehow got sidelined and found myself in a negative mindset. I realized that I was that person with the negative emotions most of us want to avoid. I was bringing those closest to me down with me. It was not a good place to be. I know better….and when you know better….you should do better.
I truly believe that a positive and grateful mindset benefits health and wellness. Your mind chatter affects every cell in your body and if you are feeding your mind with negatives then your physical self is going to feel the wrath.
Thankfully, I was aware of the gloominess I had shrouded myself in and knew I had to shake it off, not only for my health and wellness but also for those who are around me most of the time. I can’t really explain how I ended up in this grey area but I was there. I’ve now climbed out of it and am back to my positive, happy and optimistic self. Thank goodness for that. The other place is an exhausting place and I don’t want to go back there. I’m sure it happens to all of us from time to time. Just acknowledge it, deal with it and try to move on.
Todays society is so full of negativity making it very hard to avoid it. Everything you hear about in society is grey. When you turn on the television or the radio you hear nothing good. The stories day in and day out involve corruption, murder and crime, government scandals, animal cruelty, child abuse, reality shows where everyone is chasing the big money while stepping on others to get it…….. the list goes on.
Some great ways to avoid the negativity and choose happiness over sadness is turn the television and radio off. Listen to uplifting music, read books of happy stories or self-help books about bettering your nutrition and wellness, immerse yourself in nature, learn relaxing practices such as meditation and yoga, breathe, practice self-compassion, tell yourself that you love you unconditionally, don’t fixate on “stuff”, LIVE IN THE NOW.
I am now keeping a journal and every evening before bed I write down three things about that day that were awesome, beautiful, heartwarming, funny and happiness promoting. This quick and easy exercise makes you focus on what is good in your life rather than what is not. It works. Try it. 🙂
Live your days with joy, optimism, happiness and hope. It feels good.