Day 7 was a huge lesson on positive thinking! Being kind and reaching out to others thrives in postive environments. Especially a positive mind.
First, I think that one part of having postive mental thought process is having a sense of humor. Laughter brings great joy. Finding the joy in any situation lightens the burden and brightens any day. I love to laugh and I love to laugh with others. Laughter also brings people togther. Everyday I need to laugh.
Second, I think another part of having a positive mental attitude is surrounding myself with postive people. This is where I am very lucky! I have positive people all around me and that helps me a ton. For example, today I received the most exciting news and I immediately contacted my husband and dear friend because I knew that they would truly rejoice with me! Or I was also able to go to lunch with a dear friend who I have known since college and how easy it is to be myself with her because we love and care about each other. When I feel down and want to withdraw from the world, I know that there are friends that I can turn to and they always build me back up. I hope that I can do the same for them. Only triple the amount they give to me.
Third, I have found that I have to have a genuine hope for people. Even when someone offends or hurts me, I still believe that there is a good person inside and I just have to keep looking for that good person. If I allow anger, negativity or hate consume me, then the only person it hurts is myself. I actually become worse to allow such emotions consume me, and leave lesser of a person than I began. I truly believe that people are good, sometimes we just get distracted with other things.
I find that when I am happy and feel positive within my head that being afraid or feeling insecure cannot exist at the same time. Perhaps this challenge made a major shift in that it is more about finding joy in the journey and then bringing that joy to others. Funny thing is that it can only begin with a hello or by initiating conversation with someone.
Deep thoughts brought to you today by Suzanne. I'm exhausted! I'm going to bed!