I’m often pondering over what I will write about next. I’m not a big writer and it doesn’t always come easy to me. My sister is always telling me to write like I speak, witty and sarcastic I’d like to think, but that has been a hard time coming. She really thinks I should write about my daily dog adventures and what is on his menu, she seems to think that would be insanely interesting and hilarious, but I’m not sure. I think I will leave that on the back burner for a while.
What I am going to share instead is a little peek into a personal mission I have been working on for a while. It’s my quest to be more positive. Seems a little straightforward? You’d be surprised how many layers of crap stand between you and the general everyday feeling of happiness and positivity.
I flippantly summed it up to a friend the other day and later when I thought about it, was gob-smacked at how true words were. She was remarking that she was too nice, and needed to get a little tougher. I quickly quipped, ‘let me do it for you, it comes naturally to me’. I was referring to my ability to be hard-ass, negative, even mean. That comes to me easy, peasy. Being positive, that’s a bit of a stretch. Looking for rainbows? Free hugs? Smelling the roses? That tends to elicit a little eye-rolling attitude. No joke, my natural state.
So, a couple of months ago I decided to go on a mission to be ‘more positive’. Yup, you heard it here, officially, in writing, publicly declared. So how do you do that? That’s a whole different can of worms. Where’s the happiness coach in your life? Who is the gratitude guru? Who can inspire you to change your habits, change your outlook, change your inner language, and ultimately change your attitude?
Is there value here? Can you be happier? Would you know it if you were? Does it feel better to look for the rainbows, really appreciate the little things, have some gratitude? (I really don’t think it’s in me to journal) Not in a hokey touchy feel-y way (geez I’m already judging the extent of my positivity, but the truth is that level might be too much for me, I may want to punch something), but in a real, open your eyes, celebrate the day, take stock and look for the glass half-full kind of way.
So I began to look around for inspiration, and have managed to have some rather interesting conceptual discussions with a few people, some a lot like me but more who are a lot unlike me in their general behaviour and attitude. It has been an interesting road and I have begun to share it here. Not sure where this is going, but I will tell you the power of a positive attitude seems to be a little catching and more than a little addictive. I will keep you posted on my progress.
So I began this post with a question – why you want to know about the good stuff. Well, here’s my rationale: I’m working on it. I am working on wanting to know the good stuff. And that’s why I thought I’d share this with you. Here’s a destination that only curates ‘the good stuff’. Good news, good deeds, happy moments, everyday victories and anecdotes that are all about the good stuff. No matter how big or small, it is good to know that more and more people out there want to see some good news. So out with the bad and in with the good. Start here www.upworthy.com