NOTHING CAN DIM THE LIGHT THAT SHINES FROM WITHIN. // MAYA ANGELOU
Think about the most positive people in your life — they’re the kind of people that you enjoy being around because they can turn your mood around. But they are people, too: being known for their positivity energy does not mean they never have sad//unhappy feelings — the difference is they don’t allow themselves to be defined by negativity.
It can be hard to stay positive when balancing stress from work, school + everything else we encounter in life, but remembering your positive attitude despite everything else surrounding you is extremely important in maintaining a happy + healthy mindset.
Radiating positive vibes + living a happy lifestyle isn’t difficult, ++ taking small steps each day to find your balance + promote positivity can build a healthier outlook overall. Positivity doesn’t need to be dramatic, but taking small steps can make a large difference in not just your life, but the others’ as well.
1] Smile when you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning + at night before bed. Happiness should be internal + external.
2] Hold the door for people as you’re going in + out of a building.
3] Say thank you [+ mean it]. People don’t hear that enough.
4] If you’re angry with someone, think if it *really* matters before you cause a fight or argument over the issue. More often than not, it’s better to compartmentalize anger that isn’t worth it.
5] Tip your server extra.
6] Mean what you say. If you tell someone good morning [or afternoon, night, etc.], smile + mean it. People can tell the difference between what you mean and what you’re saying just because it’s polite.
7] Do a few things every day that help other people. Whether you’re donating to a charity, getting food for a homeless person, or volunteering for a non-profit, take time out of your day to help others.
8] Treat everyone with the same respect that you would give your idol. Whether they’re your boss, professor, or the person who does maintenance in your building, everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
9] On that note, take time to get to know people on a personal level. Take interest in their lives, their families, and their interests.
10] Listen actively when talking to people. Be engaged + interested and ask questions.
11] Call people you don’t see instead of texting them. Take time to maintain your relationships.
12] Compliment people. Even if it’s someone you don’t know, people really appreciate when you take time to say something nice. If they’re having a bad day, this could help turn that around.
13] Don’t let others’ negativity weigh too greatly on you.
14] Be present when you’re with in groups of people. Don’t just stare at your phone. Social media can wait, but your time with friends and family may be limited. Don’t waste that time.
15] Take your time. When you rush through life, you work haphazardly and end up more stressed than if you would have taken your time to give the necessary attention to each task.
16] Treat a friend [or even a stranger!] to a meal or a drink. Radiate positive vibes by paying it forward to others.
17] Spend more time with your parents [or call if you live far away]. They’ll appreciate it more than you know, and you’ll be happy you did.
18] If someone treats you poorly, be patient + don’t sink to their level. It can be difficult and frustrating, but you’ll be able to walk out of the situation knowing that you did the right thing + you were the bigger person.
19] Ask people how you can help them. Even if they don’t need it, it’s a good way to instill trust that you can be a resource when they do need it.
20] Take time for yourself to #reCHAARG. If you’re exhausted or stretched too thin, it’s important to know your limits. You may not be able to help people to the extent they need + the level that you want — and you don’t want to burn yourself out trying to do so. Knowing when to say no is an important skill.
The last one is extremely important. Negativity can come from any source, + at times it can feel hard to overcome. Don’t be afraid to separate yourself from negative situations. You are strong enough to pull yourself out of it + your mental health is important. It’s okay to take a break whenever you need it. ++ remember, never let anyone dim your light.
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+ Ali [ali.inchaarg], VirtCHAARG girl from Philly