Terri Cole posted this recently…
The onslaught of bad news in the media continues to fester. The climate of fear has reached epic proportions. We are inundated with bad news about our crumbling economy, the rising unemployment rate, executive greed, lack of affordable healthcare, etc. So the question is how can YOU stay positive and productive in a relentlessly negative climate and NOT drink the Armageddon Kool-Aid?
Well, as you may have guessed, I have a few ideas.
Less is More when it comes to the all news all the time from many media outlets. You can stay informed without becoming saturated with bad news. Limit your daily news intake. Choose to read your news online so you can control what and how much goes into your consciousness. Also, besides your daily dose of our very own Positively Positive news, frequent other sites that are positive in what they report , like Odewire News for Intelligent Optimists or Happy News. Compelling Stories. Always Positive.
Avoid Negative People. Otherwise known as the Misery Loves Company crowd. While trying to keep a positive attitude, you must avoid people who thrive on negativity. You know who they are and how they love to tell you all about their horrible marriage, thankless job, bitchy best friend, etc. Be firm about not being a dumping ground for their unhappiness and respectfully decline invitations to spend time with them. Surround yourself with people who are uplifting, feed you emotionally, and are good listeners.
Pay it Forward. When you feel negative or overwhelmed, reach out and do something nice for someone else. Being generous in words and actions creates positive feelings for the doer. A client of mine was buying fruit at a stand in NYC and spontaneously paid for an older woman’s apple. The gratitude, shock, and appreciation the older woman expressed over such a small gesture of kindness not only lifted my client’s mood but inspired her to create a website so other’s could do the same. Generosity towards others gets your endorphins flowing.
Go to the source if you’d like – there are three more ideas there including;
- Serious self care
- Becoming a silver lining detective
- Affirming what you want in life…