I am determined to find Positivity.

Negativity is everywhere.  Like, wow, this is so overwhelming how inundated by negative messages we are right now.  Anger, hatred, fear, both directed and passive are every way we turn.

It feels almost inescapable.  The national and international news is so completely full to overflowing in negativity, coupled with unpleasant feelings towards the new work week and weather and…it can feel like it is all too much.

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I am determined to find Positivity.

I am breathing.  I am alive.  I have friends and loved ones who care about me and whom I care about in return.  My choices are mine to make, and I have plenty of them.

I don’t need to follow down the rabbit hole of bad news.  I do not need to further feed the negativity, I do not need the anger and the resentment and, frankly, the fear.  Do they serve me, or do they serve my demons?  Do they allow me to move forward with my day, my week, my life…or do they trap me in my past?  I get to choose to find Positivity.  I get to choose to make MY experience better.

Do you like to feel helpless?  Do you like the feeling that you have no control over the world, over your future, over gargantuan events across the globe?  The truth is you do have control.  How?  By choosing not to feed the negativity, feed the anger, fear, hatred and other bad emotions…and instead choosing to feed positivity, love, joy, peace, acceptance and other good emotions.

I am determined to find Positivity.  Why do I keep repeating that?  Because mantras and affirmations are proven to be effective in changing moods, changing attitudes, changing feelings.  I am empowering myself to not get trapped in the doom and gloom, and instead to find better, happier, and frankly more useful thoughts to work with.

You are more powerful than you realize.  Consider that before you complain about something.  Give that some thought before you post that negative meme.  Do you want to empower more bad feelings, or do you want to empower good feelings?  Do you want to depress yourself, or to uplift yourself?

These are the choices before us each and every day, and when we neglect them, or more frequently forget that they are ours to make, we feed exactly the opposite of what we want.  The more we spread the anger, the outrage, the dismay at this world – what a surprise – it just seems to grow bigger and badder and seemingly more insurmountable.  Is this what ANYONE actually wants?  I am confident in saying no.

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I am determined to find Positivity.  That’s why I am presenting this essay to you today.  I choose not to further the things that make me feel bad, and instead seek things to make me feel good.  I…we…all deserve to live in a world full of possibility and joy.  Let’s do what we can to find it, spread it, and live it.

Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action.  Knowing that you can determine to find Positivity, you can make choices about what you focus on.  When we focus on things that make us feel positive over things that make us feel negative, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings.  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 thirty-seventh 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.

In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

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