When things in life aren’t turning out how we expect or would hope, or perhaps we aren’t sure how something is going to turn out and are worried about possible negative outcomes, it can be easy to think negatively or assume the worst. Since today is Positive Thinking Day, I thought it would be a good opportunity to think about ways to move toward thinking more positively rather than negatively. Although I’m sure there are several ways to do this, today I’ll share three.
Do the ABC’s of Gratitude
When things aren’t going our way it can be easy to forget all of the things that do. The ABC’s of Gratitude can help flip our perspective to realize that there is much to be grateful for. The basic idea is to come up with something to be grateful about for each letter of the alphabet. Although some letters might be a stretch, I’ve yet to be able to complete one once I sit down to it, and I have 26 things I can appreciate having instead of being upset about what I don’t or worrying about the outcome of something. Need help getting started? Try beginning with Alive and Breathing.
Recite or Read Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations can help you not only to think more positively about life, but also about yourself. You can recite them to yourself when you get up or in a difficult moment, or you can put them somewhere you know you’ll see them, such as on a mirror. Although I’m not sure who said it first, most have probably heard “I am enough. I have enough. I do enough”, which is a great catch-all because it covers being unhappy with oneself or circumstances as well as helping us not feel bad on days we’re stressed about how much there is to get done. If you need help deciding on positive affirmations, Farnoosh Brock provides 100 of them in this post on her site Prolific Living which are categorized by situation such as when you’re at work, when you’re worried about your future, and when you want to give up. If you still need more, I just came across this Pinterest board by Nanette South Clark, which has over 500.
Collect and Read Motivational Quotes
Motivational quotes can help inspire us toward action as well as improve our outlook on a situation. There are many ways to keep motivational quotes around you. I have a couple of notebooks which I write them down in, and I flip through them when I need to. I also have several boards on Pinterest which could apply to any situation. My main one is Inspiration Board: Life. Lately I have been quilling postcards with motivational quotes, and some of them are displayed on my bookshelves. I’ll share a few below. Feel free to pin the images to your Pinterest boards.
Want one of these postcards for your very own? Those who are in the Kaiserslautern Military Community can find these cards and more at the Ramstein Craft Fair October 17th and 18th. For those elsewhere, I’m planning to open an online shop once we move back to the States. In the meantime, you can keep up with what I’m creating on my PhoenixxPhyre Creations Facebook page or Instagram.
What do you do to improve your positivity? Let me know in the comments below.