Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Positivity

Positivity is my jam, y'all. So much so that I've created a platform centered on it. All of my work revolves around being positive, kind, and productive, and after years of publishing journals for you to work with, I've started publishing actual books. And the first one, naturally, is about positivity.

But why? Why be positive in a world full of chaos?

It's not always easy to do. Being positive can require more mental energy until you build that habit of always looking on the bright side for the silver lining. But, once you've done that, it'll be so much easier to automatically find the positive part of each situation. You'll see what you can learn and how you can grow instead of wallowing in the parts that went wrong.

Being positive helps you evolve and live a happier life. Both of those things are very important to me, so I've built my life's work around helping others get there. I have lots more coming on the topics of positivity, kindness, and productivity (because I believe they're all interconnected), so stay tuned. For now, let's dive into how to get there.

What ways do you use to cultivate positivity?


Some of my favorite ways include setting intention, building a gratitude practice, and looking at everything as a blessing. All three of these combined have guided me toward a more consistent positive outlook that reduces stress and worry and improves my sleep, my overall health, and my desire to be kind and productive.

Setting intention is important because it helps you set the tone for the day. To set an intention, close your eyes and picture your day ahead. You can use actual visualization for this and see in your mind's eye what you want to happen that day. How will your interactions go? How will you use your time? What kind of attitude will you adopt? Will you have structure to your day? Think about these things and repeat a one-line phrase in your head that will set your intention. It can be something like, "Today, I will be kind to others and stay present in all moments," or "I aim to be productive and keep a smile on my face all day." Whatever you want to focus on that day is your intention, so set one wisely. I have a whole journal based on this very idea too!

Building a gratitude practice has become SO crucial to me. This is something I do literally before I even open my eyes in the morning. Once I'm awake, I go straight to thinking about things I'm grateful for. I aim for at least three, but I usually have no problem thinking of more now that it's become a habit. It started slowly at first, but the more you use the third technique I mentioned above (looking at everything as a blessing), you start to find it much easier to list things you're grateful for. You can write them down to keep track if you'd like. In fact, all of my journals have a place to list three things you're grateful for each day. It's been a staple in them since the very first one, and I don't see that ever changing. Gratitude is extremely powerful when you fully let it into your heart.

Looking at everything as a blessing is the final piece of this puzzle. When you view everything you go through and everyone you meet as something beneficial in some way, things change for you. You no longer lament about how things aren't working out how they're supposed to. You no longer get caught up in negative thinking patterns. Instead, you see things for what they are: stepping stones to the next version of you. Seeing things as miracles means you default to finding gratitude and appreciation for what is instead of what could have been. Find the miracle in everything and you'll always move forward.

Set intention. Be grateful. See blessings.


There are SO many other things you can do to find more positivity in your life. You can also meditate, regularly do yoga or other exercise, work on eating for nutrition, get out into the sun/nature each day, and many other things to build a positivity practice. Anything that helps you reframe your attitude to a positive one, that reminds you how beautiful life is, can help.

One of the things I'd suggest is checking out my new book. I know, I know - cheesy sales pitch here. But I wouldn't pitch it if I didn't think it could help. Writing it helped me view positivity in a whole new way, and I'd be remiss if I didn't spread the work I do, because it's all about finding more positivity, kindness, and productivity to be the best YOU you can be. That's what I want to see from you as I work on it with you.

And it's called YOU! You: The Positivity Alphabet


Each letter of the alphabet is represented by three words that I believe describe positivity. I make the caveat that you WILL NOT be ALL of these things ALL the time. I'm certainly not. It's just not possible (or maybe it is and that's the story I'm telling myself). But you CAN work on them individually to make the whole of you more positive and kind. And, thus, more apt to be a productive member of society. It's good all around, really. So start with a positivity practice to live a happier, healthier, calmer life. And if you need more suggestions or help, I'm always an email away.

Vibe high, friends.


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