Finally, the winter is over and there is no longer a need for our smiles and positive energy to hibernate. Instead we can open our blinds to let the sunshine in and share our love for life with the people we encounter. Sounds simple right? Well, it’s not an easy task for some and if that someone is you, here are a five tips to help you Spring into your Positivity.
- Write in a gratitude journal: Many times we can focus our mind on the things that aren’t going well and a gratitude journal challenges us to think of the things that are going well. The real challenges is finding gratitude in the small things like beautiful weather, getting your kids to school on time, having a moment of self-care, etc. Not only will writing in a gratitude journal make you appreciate the little things in life, it will also attract back all that you are grateful for.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”~ William Arthur Ward
- Spend time with happy people: Emotions are contagious; it takes 50 milliseconds to “catch” someone else’s emotion. If this is the case, why not surround yourself with people that will boost your mood? Happy people hang with other happy people; it’s like a never ending parallel process! Be sure to create quality time with the people that make you laugh, smile, and remind you that you are loved.
“Happy people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything”
- Give meditation/centering a try: We live in a very noisy world and it is important for our mind and spirit to experience peace. Grab a friend and pick-up a meditation class for beginners so you can enjoy peace even when there is noise!
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak”
- Practice random acts of kindness: Doing a good deed for someone else ultimately makes us feel good on the inside. Create an opportunity to do something kind for someone else; the ultimate win is doing something for someone who cannot repay you!
“You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”-Ruth Smeltzer
- Tune in to happy melodies: Music is therapy, we know this already. What we may know and not practice is using music to change our mood. Listen to songs that make you want to get up to dance, songs that remind you of “the good ole days”, songs that mentally bring you to your ideal vacation spot…right there on the beach!
“One thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”-Bob Marley