5 Ways to Stay Positive

a special feature from Kay & Leslie, Founders

“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship.
Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you
allow it to get inside you.”
~Goi Nasu

Looking back all the way to the beginning of 2020, we all have been dealing with an enormous amount of stress and anxiety. Many of us have felt the effects from the negativity that has surrounded our lives for such a long time.  As we have moved forward through 2021, and are now looking into the next year soon to be upon us, we are taking this time to give you some tips on how to stay positive even while navigating any negative energy in your life.  Little changes in how we look at life can make all the difference.

Although much negativity exists in the world, you don’t have to let it affect you all the time. Instead, you can turn your attention to a more uplifting reality and become all the positive changes you wish to see. Send out the energy you wish to receive, and negativity will not be able to attach itself to your spirit. Despite all the horrors and tragedies going on in the world, there are still plenty of ways to keep your wellspring of positivity full.

1. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LOVING PEOPLE WHO BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU.
The company you keep ought to inspire you, support you, and bring your best self to light. If the people you hang around don’t make you feel loved and respected, it’s time to reevaluate why you choose these people as friends. Focus on people who spread love and a zest for life, not those who perpetuate hate and fear.

2. SMILE IN CELEBRATION OF ALL THE GOOD IN YOUR LIFE.
You may not feel you have much to smile about, but even your own heartbeat is reason enough to feel happy. Despite your current circumstances, you can turn your whole life around simply by showing thanks for your blessings. Smile because you’re alive and you have the power to create greatness, and life will give you even more reasons to feel alive.

3. HAVE A POSITIVE ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER.
You can lovingly keep each other in check by keeping tabs on each other’s energy, and kindly point out when the other one starts to draw in too much negativity. If you catch your partner watching too many negative programs on TV, call them out on it and suggest some alternatives, such as going outside or reading an uplifting book. This will help keep both of your energy levels up. Additionally, it will give you a support system for becoming your best, most positive self.

4. LIMIT NEGATIVE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT.
A lot of the time, the news, radio, latest big-screen movies, and other modern media portray the world in a shallow, depressing, and hostile way. Too much exposure to these programs might awaken anger, anxiety, or depression in you, which will affect your energy levels. Instead of turning on the evening news, read positive articles like the ones you see on our website, read a good book, or watch motivational videos, documentaries, or movies. Pretty soon, you most likely will catch yourself craving the positive outlets and keeping the negative ones at bay.

5. LAUGH MORE OFTEN!
According to a recent study, children laugh 200 times a day, while the average adult only laughs four times. If you haven’t laughed yet today, spend some quality time with your grandkids/kids, watch funny videos on YouTube, run a funny movie, or do something silly with friends (even if it’s on Zoom!). The world presents plenty of opportunities to laugh. We just have to take them!

 

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