What's that saying? "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar." Even on my worst days, I try to be as positive as possible. When I'm annoyed or my patience is wearing thin, I do my best to put on a smile and take a deep breath because, in my opinon, it takes too much energy when you harp on the negative things in life. We need less Oscar the Grouch and more of Winne the Pooh outlook on life.
In an effort to help myself be more positive and all others who wish to be, here are four ways, in my opinion, that help build up instead of tear down.
1.) Get out of your own head: Stop comparing yourself to others. There is no one else like you and there never will be. We all have a purpose in life and are unique in our own ways. No one person is better than another just because they have different qualities. You are your own worst enemy.
2.) Do what makes you happy: If you're stuck in a rut doing the same old things, change up your routine. No one can control your happiness but you. Figure out what is making you unhappy, whether it's a person or a thing, and remove yourself from the situation. It may seem conflicting at the time, but it will be one of the best decisions you ever make for yourself to be rid of a toxic person or enviroment. Life is too short to be stressed!
3.) Don't let the turkeys get you down: Something my grandmother reminds me of frequently, and a saying I have come to live by, meaning drowning out the naysayers and not giving others the power to control your happiness and/or affect the way you live your life with their negative opinions or thoughts.
4.) Spread kindness: It doesn't cost you anything to be kind to another person, so smile at people as you walk by them, hold the door open for another, offer a helping hand or just pay someone a compliment. Whatever you decide to do, keep the positivity going through each new person you meet.