Don’t worry; be happy!

September 15, 2012 at 1:21 am Leave a comment

Looking back on recent posts, there’s been a bit too much negativity! Yikes, let’s reverse that, shall we?

There are those people who like to say that it’s so much easier to be positive than hold onto the anger, the hate, the resentment – the negativity. They usually follow up with how many muscles it takes to smile versus how many muscles it takes to frown, which is, of course, exorbitantly more than it takes to smile. I like to be honest on this blog though, so let’s get real. It’s way freaking easier to just be grumpy! When life hands you lemons, I’d rather just sit with the lemons all pissy than get off my butt and go through the tedious job of making lemonade.

But in the end, it’s not better for us to hold on to that negativity. And I truly do believe that. As a female, I believe in releasing the emotions. Sometimes I’ll put on a song that I know will make me bawl and just let go. There’s nothing wrong with that. The key, though, is truly letting go. That’s the hard part, and it’s the reason that positivity is so much harder than negativity.

Say a girl walks by and you think she looks bad in her outfit. It’s easier to just blurt out “Look at that hot mess!” than it is to shut your mouth. You have to hold it in. You have to let that urge to be ugly (if you’re not in the South, it’s another word for bratty) pass. Is that difficult? When it’s not what you’re accustomed to, absolutely! Reacting negatively to a situation that doesn’t please you is just what you do. So it’s an active, conscious choice to think the opposite.

So, along with the many other life changes I’m working on, I’m working to be more positive. To wake up a half an hour early and start my day with yoga. It’ll set my brain in the right direction and I won’t be rushing around like I usually am when I jump out of bed with barely fifteen minutes to get ready. When things aren’t going my way, I have to remember to just take a step back. There are times when I will misstep because we can’t be on our game all the time. The important thing is to not let it defeat me.

What are your tips and tricks to staying positive?

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