In an earlier blog post (Please see the April 3, 2011 post.), I wrote about some ideas that made my life more positive.
Today, I'd like to discuss a couple of more ideas that help me maintain a positive attitude even though it seems as though we're all being bombarded with negativity these days.
First of all, Greg and I turn off the news! Most of the news media dwell on negativity and sensationalism. They simply (unfortunately) get a lot more viewers when the news is bad, as they prey on people's fears and survival instincts.
We simply look at only the headlines either on TV, the newspaper, or on line.
In fact, many of the TV shows aren't much better than the news programs. They're full of murder and mayhem, and seem to show people at their worst.
We don't watch much TV. When we do, we're very selective about the programs we view. We mostly enjoy the retro shows of the 50's and 60's and the British comedies. (The oldies are the goodies!) In fact, we're seriously considering eliminating TV all together and just renting or even buying a collection of our own DVD's so we'll have more control over what we want to see.
(In my opinion, you are what you watch. Just like eating, you can either consume nourishing, life-giving food, or stuff yourself with junk food!)
Also, when TV isn't the focus of one's life, there are so many other things a person could do, like read positive, uplifting stories or rearrange furniture or plan a fun outing or-the list goes on and on. What else could you add to the list?
Another positive idea (which is something that I've done my whole life), is that I enjoy participating in celebrations. I learned this custom growing up in a family that made all the holidays, birthdays, and other events very special-any excuse for a party or cookout, etc. Heck, we even celebrated Groundhog Day! (Not really, but that is a thought!)
Greg and I have continued this wonderful tradition. You've probably noticed this if you've been reading my blog for any length of time.
Summer is always an especially busy time for us. Just recently Greg had a birthday. We joined several family members at our local cafeteria for lunch. (or "dinner", as many of us say here in the South. "Supper" is our evening meal.) Afterwards, we met at our house for cake, ice cream, and gifts. We all had a great time.
(Of course, you don't even have to have a family or close friends to celebrate. You can join a group (or several groups, for that matter) that regularly celebrates special occasions.)
Next on our celebration agenda in a few days is my brother Nick and neice Julie's combined birthday party. Then, there's nephew John's birthday, and the beat goes on...
Just notice how much fun these people are having in the following photos!
Seriously, we all did have a wonderful time. Try it. You'll like it!
Positive thought: Accentuate the positive!
Thanks for visiting! Until next time (Sunday, August 28), Becky