• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 138 (Five Tips for Keeping Positive)


    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 53.55 miles)

    Day 138 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I have a few habits I rely on for keeping positive.  Here are my five tips for keeping positive:

    Finding fun distractions.

    I love books.  More than any normal person probably should.  I read compulsively.  But in addition to books I like going to museums and learning new things.  I enjoy running and trying new physical activities.  Any of these activities is an instant happy boost.

    Choose my words wisely. 

    When speaking, I try to frame my words in a positive manner.  I don’t always succeed, but the more I work at it, the more I hear myself speaking positively. There’s a positive spin to everything.

    Move around. 

    Exercise makes you feel good.  Period.

    Surround yourself with positive people.

    No one is positive all the time.  Sometimes you need a boost.  You can’t get a positive boost from negative people.  If you surround yourself with positive people you’ll stand a better chance of getting a positive boost.

    Stop negative thoughts in their tracks

    Sometimes I notice negative thoughts just take over.  They spiral out of control before I can stop them.  I found this nice little piece of advice online:  when you notice negative thoughts popping up try to interrupt the thought pattern.  The author says he’s had the most success with humming the Smurfs theme song.  I’m thinking of using Everything is Awesome from the Lego movie. I can’t avoid a big, goofy grin when I hear that song.

    Today’s silver lining:  I’m always looking for new ways to stay positive.  If you have any you’d like to share, leave a comment!

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


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