Hello friends! You'll all know by now that I am a strong campaigner for positive thinking, and living, so it should come as no surprise that today's Thursday thoughts will be focused about Happy thoughts. This week, I want you all to challenge yourselves to take the time to appreciate at least 5 happy things each day.
"So, what if, instead of thinking about saving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow"
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who constantly finds themselves trying to be their own superhero. The truth is, I don't have superhuman strength, and neither do you. Besides, superhero's save the world, not themselves.
But what if we changed that?
(Not the superhuman strength bit, you baboon, that's more than likely to stay the same)
What if rather than focusing on the enormously big picture, and trying to take away every imperfection, and struggle, and problem, and addiction, and fear, we focused on appreciating every. Single. Good. Thing.
It's all about being grateful for the good things in life, really. Opening up your eyes to the little bursts of magic that occur in your life can lead to you adopting a whole new, healthier attitude towards life. Having such an attitude will mean that when you do come into contact with struggles, imperfection, problems, addictions and fears, you'll be ready to combat them, rather than drown within them.
It does, doesn't it. It sounds like a simple way to a stress free life. Well, that sounds all nice, airy and lovely, but if that's all you think there is to it, you're missing out on something- and if you're feeling a bit sceptical as you read this post, you have every reason to be. Just bear with me, alright? I promise I'll show you exactly how 'simple' (or not) the process of adding additional good things really is.
First things first, you're going to need to be able to persevere. You're going to face a lot of obstacles, and when you're pushing and shoving but nothing is giving, you're going to feel like the road to positivity is a hopeless one. It's not; you just need to keep going. At the end of the day, something's gotta give.
You're also going to need to stop holding yourself back. If you're in a situation which isn't doing you any good, it's up to you to identify it, and let go of it. If you aren't truly happy with something, you need to make a change. That could mean letting go of a toxic relationship or friendship, or working towards eliminating a bad habit. It's not going to be easy, but it's important that you make the changes that you need to make in order to be able to appreciate the good things.
I also want to advise you to make sure you don't get overwhelmed. Life is difficult, and chaotic, and messy, but that's just how it is. If you need to take a break from things, then please do. Take care of yourself; relax, read a book, take a bath... Try to slow your thoughts down so that you can accept the things that are happening in your life -good and bad.
Finally, remember that slip ups are okay. As the quote goes, "Nothing in nature blooms all year". Be patient with yourself; you're only learning. Just because you're on the route to a more positive mindset, doesn't mean that you can't have down days, or days where you can't be arsed with this whole positivity thing, to put it bluntly. It's alright to feel like that sometimes, just don't let these days control your life.
Is that easy enough to remember? Persevere, stop holding yourself back, don't get overwhelmed, and remember that slip ups are okay. Remember to do the '5 happy thoughts a day' challenge this week, and let me know how you get on in the comments below!