Wednesday May 8th, 2019

Happy Hump Day! 🐪

A brand-new day with comes with opportunities to make a change. Today I thought I would sit back and discuss the very general subject matter known as positivity and share my personal take on the concept. 😁

Disclaimer: No, I am not a professional and no I do not believe that what I am going to talk about will be helpful to everyone. Each person is their own self and can live their life however they choose. I am solely here to tell a small part of my story and to reach out to those who may appreciate it. Enjoy reading! 🤗

A lot of people tend to label positivity as putting on a smile everywhere you go. To portray positivity is to be positive. In my personal experience, this is very much not the case. Although it may help to sustain a positive state of mind once one is established, it is not the root cause of the matter.

I have also heard people talk about positivity as if it is the opposite of depression. This is far from true my friends. Depression is its very own subject matter with no opposites or situations alike it. (I may save my take on depression for another post, but I feel like mentioning it may help with some context.)

Similarly, positivity is not identical to happiness or joy. Positivity is to be positive and to enjoy being in control of the life you are living. If I win the lottery, I will be happy, but will that make my life happy? Will my outlook on life be a positive one? No, not always.

Positivity can stem from various factors. It's best to figure out what works for you and you alone. I have found that positivity can be heightened by doing what makes you happy. Not to contradict myself from what I said previously, BEING happy and doing what MAKES you happy can be very different things. For example; Playing video games makes me happy, which is why I continue to play them. But, if I'm playing competitively and I'm losing, I will not BE happy. The concept of playing and competing in the video game, while also improving my skill level is what makes me positive. Get it?

We could also look at a job for example. Say you make $80,000 CAD a year, with great benefits and a handful of vacation days. In some way you would be happy, right? But if I told you that you would be folding clothes for 10 hours a day.. now that wouldn't make you happy. And sure, you can tell me that you would 100% fold clothes all day for $80k a year, but the subject at hand is not what results in you being happy or positive, but what keeps positivity in you.

Find your path and don't worry about the result. Be yourself and do what makes you happy. I have found that picking up new hobbies (or even getting back into old ones) is one of the best ways to continue a positive state of mind. Take up learning an instrument or learn a new language. Start writing or drawing. Challenge yourself. Take your world and make it your own.

I've heard so many excuses as to why people can't do what makes them happy. "I don't have the money", "I don't have the time", "I don't have the energy". And you know what, you might be right. But factors like that should not stop you from staying positive. What's stopping you from being positive is yourself, simple as that.

I truly do try my best to spread positive vibes throughout my life because seeing people smile and laugh makes me happy. With that positive energy, I continue to stay motivated at work, at home and in life. I recently started learning guitar and I enjoy every second of it. I removed the toxicity in my life and replaced it with positivity. Don't settle for a shitty job. Don't settle for shitty friends. Don't settle for a shitty attitude. Love the person you are, and spready positivity wherever you can. Not every day is going to be a happy and positive one, but the day after that might be. Look forward to what your life may become. You are in control.

"When you think of positivity, what comes to mind?"

"Self confidence and self peace. Holding up others with their strengths and not punishing them for their faults. Making the effort to find the good in any situation."

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