Edit September 12th
I am going to take a break from Daily Positive Thoughts for a while... I am just so tired from work that it's becoming difficult to think of original things to say everyday.
I am going to try to post some positive thoughts here everyday!
I want to make sure that I continue to think positively, and its one of the great joys in my life to be able to cheer up, help, and inspire others. I'll try to restrain my wordiness and keep the messages succinct, but thoughtful nonetheless.September 11th
There is always a fight, a struggle. We can not let ourselves give up because something isn't easy- it never will be. To achieve what is right, we must be patient and unstopping.
The struggle doesn't ever get easier, but you- and we- will get stronger.September 10th
You've earned a nap.September 9th
Nothing that makes you smile is too small or too silly to be a powerful force. When you find something that makes you happy, hold onto it. Embrace it. Even if other's don't understand- they don't need to. You don't have to explain anything. Your life is made of nothing but little, silly things... give a spotlight to the ones that make you feel stronger. September 8th
Not only is being kind and honest the right thing to do, it benefits your life in many ways- socially and professionally. The world is made up of other people, and treating those people with kindness reflects well on you. As much as you can- lift up those around you, and they will return the favor.September 7th
Only offer your help and support when you feel comfortable giving it. You do not owe your energy to anybody, when sparing that energy would cause you great hardship. Helping others is rewarding on its own, and when you do not feel it is.... don't. Otherwise, you'll burn yourself out trying to help others and grow upset with getting nothing in return. It's okay to take care of yourself. It's okay to say no.September 6th
Routine is a powerful force that can be positive or negative. When you find yourself in a negative routine- of thought, or of action- that you can not stop directly, try to change other parts of your routine. Change your scenery, change your order. Having the routine, in part, change can help you break out of other parts of the negative routine.September 5th
Even when we make mistakes, the world continues on.
You will always have the chance to recover and keep moving forward.September 4th
There is a negative stereotype that optimists are unrealistic and silly. The truth is, there is nothing more likely about pessimism than there is optimism because the future is not inherently good or bad, its your perception of it that can change. Your attitude will decide which parts of the future you perceive. If you decide to choose a good, hopeful attitude for the coming future, not only will you notice the better things...you'll be inspired to work toward them. You don't have to be an optimist just because you think the future just "will" be better... You can be an optimist because you will work
the future better. September 3rd
We are social creatures, and there is nothing shameful about wanting or needing attention and contact. Instead of mind-games and hurtful displays, it is always better to just directly ask for the help or attention you need. You don't need to do something drastic or dangerous to get the attention of others, and these actions are what cause problems, not the need for attention. Be brave and ask for help or contact- the results are a lot more positive.September 2nd
To push yourself, you do not need to first be upset or disappointed in yourself. You can want to achieve more, and work toward that goal, without thinking your current achievements are meaningless or failures. Many people attribute their success to self-loathing, when they could achieve more if they didn't hinder their mood with negativity. Push yourself! Try to do more! At the same time, realize you are doing a lot and let yourself be proud of what you have done. September 1st
If you struggle with the stamina needed to face every day, day after day, find something you look forward to and embrace it. No matter how silly, or how small, if its something that brings you joy, celebrate it! There are bitter people who would insult others for expressing enthusiasm, but this is their own failing. More people are excited to see other's genuine excitement and joy. Whatever it may be, look forward to the future and be full of hope.August 31st
You shouldn't let a desire to be positive and happy lead to feeling guilty about feeling negative and sad. Somethings just aren't positive, and feeling sad or upset is a natural and needed emotion. You do not have to add a sense of guilt or frustration on top of the sadness. Give yourself time and space to have negative emotions when they come, accept the feeling, and let it move on. Like all things, sadness is only temporary. Allowing yourself to be in the state of a negative emotion is a necessary step toward letting it pass quickly.August 30th
Don't ignore the "little things" you do right and well everyday. If those little things weren't accomplished, it would make a big problem- so maybe they aren't so little at all. Everyday is made up of many choices. It's easy to focus on things that we feel we did poorly or wrong- take up the challenge of noticing all the simple, daily things that went right. These good choices have improved your life, and you deserve recognition and admiration for them! Great job!August 29th
Every statement, every action, does not require your personal reaction. Learn the importance of silence and of stillness. You do not have the responsibility to have an opinion and plan for everything that you encounter. It's okay to say you don't know, and it's okay to say nothing. Not only does this free a burdening sense of guilt from yourself, but it allows the people with something sure to say to be heard clearer. We can not be expected to personally react and respond to every stimulus. Save your energy for topics and situations where you have something nice, or productive, to say.August 28th
Online social media can be, and often is, an information overload. When we expose ourselves to negative thoughts or worry on a regular basis, this filters our perception and creates negative thoughts in ourselves. Obviously you can't-- and shouldn't-- avoid all negative thoughts. What you can do, is to make sure to also include plenty of positive thoughts and messages on your time-lines and dashboards. Take some time to carefully craft your online experience- limit negativity to a reasonable amount, and add positivity. Like our body, our mind is made of "what we eat." Don't underestimate the power of your intake on your mind and mood.August 27th
Be mindful of the fact that your current emotions color how you see the past and future. It is more difficult to imagine yourself feeling a totally different way than you feel now than it seems. When you are feeling frightened or upset, the intensity of these emotions in your past and in your predicted future are heightened. If you are mindful of this effect, it is easier to remember to come back to how you view the past or present when you are feeling calmer or happier in the now. Focus on fixing the reality around you in the present, and the difference it will make in your remembered past and imagined future is great.August 26th
Young Folk- I understand the frustration of being told that your problems and concerns are caused by your youth. When people say this, it comes across as belittling and invalidating of your issues. The only you that exists now, is the you that exists now, and what is important to you now is important to you. That is what matters. When people, especially older people, say things like this what they are often trying to do is give you hope that the pain you are feeling will subside with time. Take their comments with a grain of salt- and remind yourself that your feelings now are valid, even if they might change as time goes on.