Let’s begin with a simple exercise. Have paper and pen ready. Or an accurate memory.
Shut your eyes (unless you’re driving or walking. Then keep your eyes open!). Take a deep breath. And release it.
Now. Think about your day. What did you do? Who did you meet? How did you feel?
Open your eyes. Write down the key things you remember from your day. Draw a smiley face or a frowny face beside each one depending upon how each line made you feel.
How many smiley faces do you have? How many frowny faces?
Ask yourself with Love and a low level of judgment, what are the voices in your head trying to tell you?
Do you have more smiley faces than frowns? Great! Each day is a gift and I’m glad yours was a happy one.
Did you have more frowny faces? If the frowns are unusual for you, try the exercise again tomorrow. Everyone has an off day. You’re allowed.
What if your life is full of frowny faces? I hope this exercise encourages you to explore why. Negativity easily becomes a bad habit. It’s like a ratty old puffy coat that makes you feel safely hidden. Sometimes you feel so comfortable that you forget what it’s like to walk in the sun – no puffy coat.
Habits are hard to break, especially when the change is scary. Ending an abusive relationship. Choosing to stop addictive behavior. Leaving a job that’s horrible.
Be Fearless. Be loving. Be patient. It takes time. Remember: You are worth it! So, tune out the negative and embrace your inner optimist. Positivity gives you a lighter heart and makes you a joy to be around. Be joyful, even if you’re not feeling it. Tune out the negative. You’ve got this!
Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.