Do you ever find yourself getting annoyed when people say:
“Just think positive!”
“Put a smile on your face!”
“It’s all in your head!”
While I am a strong believer in staying positive and finding positivity in your day to to day life, it is sometimes easier to focus on and speak of the negatives rather than the positives. However, while it may be easier to focus on the negatives, it is also very simple to be and stay positive by choosing and accepting the gifts of joy, peace, love and hope.
Here are a few ways and things to remember to choose joy in your life:
~ Surround yourself with people who lift you up
This may seem like common sense, but I find it is sometimes easier to hold onto relationships with those with whom you share a long history, or who have been in your life longer, but many of those relationships can be emotionally draining or unhealthy. I am in no way saying to cut them out of your life – just make sure they are people who make you smile, laugh and make you feel good abut yourself!
“Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.” (Isaiah 41:10 GNT)
~ Try and not complain
This is much easier said than done, but what we have to try! Nowadays, we live in a culture where we are encouraged to talk about our problems – we are expected to be shoulders to cry on, to share our stories in order to bond with others. While this may be encouraged and may feel good letting it all out, talking about our problems may not always help us, instead, it could hurt us even more. Try to see the good in every person and/or situation – we all have our problems, but how we deal with them is most important!
“In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.” (Philippians 4:8 GNT)
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be innocent and pure as God’s perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky.” (Philippians 2:14-15 GNT)
~ Let It Go
You didn’t get the job – who cares? He/She didn’t call you back – who cares? You have too much on your agenda – who cares? Of course, there are things you can’t “let go” and you can’t not care about – but at the end of the day, none of it really matters. People waste days, months, maybe even years worrying about things that were a complete waste of time, or things they had no control over. I don’t mean to say you should give up your dreams and stop working hard, instead, spend less time worrying and questioning something that didn’t go as planned because that time can be better spent being the joyful person you can be!
“Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 GNT)
Clean out all the extra stuff in your life – whether it be physical and/or mental stuff. When you have too much stuff going on or too many people and thoughts around you, you may begin to feel stressed or overwhelmed. Remember, it is okay to say “no” and take time for yourself. Organize your schedule and see what you need to accomplish and ask yourself if you really need to do everything on your list – give yourself a break!
“This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.” (Ecclesiastes 7:29 GNT)
Our world needs more positivity and positive energy – and that all starts with YOU!
Life will throw us some curve balls, some bad situations and even some bad luck – it always will. That is why it is so important to realize that joy is a gift and we must choose to accept it in order to live positive and happy life.