What kind of attitude do you have? Hopefully, through this challenge, you’ve found yourself being more positive on a consistent basis! I’ve found that quotes help remind me to be happy & to keep life in perspective. Below are a couple quotes that I like to read when I feel like things aren’t going the way I’d like…
“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. … If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” – Gordon B. Hinckley
These next two make me smile. Try to read them & still stay negative!
“You can be smart and happy or stupid and miserable. . . it’s your choice”. – Gordon B. Hinckley
“No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won’t make it worse.” – Jeffrey R. Holland
The next time you (or a friend or family member) are tempted to be negative, you can have fun with it! Write down what is going on, without attaching any feelings to it….simply state the facts. Next write down both a negative view of the situation & a positive view of it. State both of them out loud (you can even be dramatic about it) & “feel” the difference each statement makes. Then decide which feeling you’re going to stick with. I’ve done this with my kids & it almost always makes them smile & changes their mood from negative to positive. When you realize you have a choice…you’ll want to choose the more positive one…it just “feels” better & makes more sense!
For example: Let’s say you wake up, look out your window, & you see that it’s a cold, rainy day. You have two choices to how you react…
Negative Choice: “What a miserable day! I wish I could just go back to bed. We have the worst weather here! I wish I lived somewhere else.”
Positive Choice: “I love the sound of the rain! Days like today are perfect for hot chocolate & snuggling up with a good book! I feel so blessed to have a warm home & car….we are so blessed.”
Can you “feel” the difference between the two? So remember, every time a situation comes up, state both the negative & the positive out loud & then choose which one you want to focus on! You’ll find yourself laughing at how silly the negative statements sound compared to the positive ones. Have fun with it!