Everyone prefers to feel good over feeling bad.
Finding positivity is about finding ways to feel good. We live in a society that feeds on a steady diet of negativity. Fear is a tool employed by many differently “leaders” to keep people in line, and sensationalism sells and gets more clicks on social media. This can make it far easier to live in fear and negativity than to find positivity.
Also, it’s Monday…so most of us are going to work after a weekend off. It is widely accepted that Mondays should be loathed. I figure, why start the work week in negativity and set that tone for the week, when we can create positivity and allow ourselves to feel better.
There are many, many things that generate positivity, but the follow five are things you can do with little or no effort, more than once in a given day, and they will help.
- Smile. Seriously, just take a minute and smile. You don’t need to laugh, you don’t need to have anything in particular to smile about, simply smile for a minute or so, and see how you feel.
- Breathe deeply. Take at least two minutes to breathe deeply, intentionally. Really focus on the breathing, and let the air in. You’d be surprised how just breathing and not doing anything else will make you feel.
- Sit or stand more erect. Consider your posture. When you slouch and slump, there is no energy flow. When you stand up straight or sit up straight, you energize your core, and you would be surprised how that will improve your mood.
- Stretch. Roll your neck, roll your shoulders, stretch out your arms and legs for a minute or two. These are the only bodies we have, and we tend to abuse them. Stretching doesn’t just keep our joints and muscles strong, it also helps us relax and feel more flexible.
- Disconnect. Go offline for a few minutes. Take a short walk. Step away from whatever you are doing and reset yourself. This can be less than five minutes, and I always have suspected this is part of the allure for smokers. You get away from it all a few minutes to get your nicotine fix. Well, for non-smokers, we also need a few minutes to get away and break from things. Leave your computes, tablets and phones behind for 1 to 5 minutes, and free yourself.
None of these things need to take more than five minutes, and can take as little as one minute. All of them will allow us to feel better, and I know that I prefer to feel good over feeling bad. It seems so very simple, and yet we tend to neglect this all too easily.
There are other options out there, but I suggest rather than getting caught up in the negativity of the world at large, each of us can generate positivity for ourselves, and from there we might find we can do much, much more than we think.
Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action. Knowing that there are little things we can do to feel good, we have tools at our disposal to improve our days. When we make the effort to use these tools to check and alter our feeling, we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.
This is the one hundred seventy-fifth entry of my Positivity series. It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone. Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.
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