So many negative tragedies have happened including the pandemic casualties, catastrophic weather events, raging wildfires, war casualties, and more that many people seem to be more cynical, apathetic and downright reckless. This I have personally witnessed. One day while driving on a country road I was forced out of my lane and onto the shoulder by a vehicle from the oncoming traffic lane coming in the opposite direction. I have seen people run stop signs, openly drinking alcohol while driving and texting while driving. The last example is especially painful to see due to having a friend killed in an auto accident caused by a texting driver. Speeding, traffic accidents and crime are on the rise. The world may seem more stressful to live in but this disregard for basic laws is unacceptable. I dare say some people are mean to their fellow man. The media inflates the negativity in the world which only adds to the difficulties people face. The world is full of problems and events that we have no control over so we must focus on the areas we can control.
What the world needs now is more positivity. The world needs an infusion of joy and peace.
The question is how to make this happen. Well…here are some suggestions. It happens with one person at a time, healing themselves and then helping others. It begins with changing your mindset from a mindset of negativity to one of positivity. Each person has the power to control their mind and thinking and a choice in how to react. Below are some suggestions to help get you started on a path to greater positivity and a healthier and happier life.
- Practice kindness and understanding. Perform random acts of kindness and see what a ripple effect this has on others.
- Make a list of all of the things you are thankful for and practice gratitude on a daily basis.
- Whenever you have a negative thought reframe your thinking and replace it with a positive.
- Stop watching the negative news media and do not fill your mind with negative input.
- Feed your mind with positive input and experiences. Plan something you enjoy at the beginning of the week so you have something to look forward to.
- Practice sitting in silence and mindful meditation to give yourself a mental break and relax. Visualize a beautiful setting to help put your mind at peace.
- Do not worry about things you have no control over. A Cornell University study found that 85% of what people worried about never occurred.
- If you have a problem break it down to basic components and tackle each part one at time. Think of different strategies for dealing with it. If you need help ask for it.
- Visualize success and picture a happy and successful outcome. Always focus on the positive and try to spread that feeling to others.
- Eliminate any hate, fear, guilty feelings or regrets. If you need help with this seek professional guidance.
- Fill your mind with optimism, hope, peace and harmony. Read positive affirmations on a daily basis to keep your mind on a positive path.
- Practice healthy habits that will improve your health and your mood.
- Help lift up others by sharing gratitude, happiness and positivity. Researchers at Harvard University found one person’s happiness triggers a chain reaction that lifts the spirits of others with effects that can last up to a year. This is a vital way to help the world.