Picture this: you're 20 minutes into your morning commute, moments away from the office, when it happens. Coffee all down the front of you! It's on your shirt, your hand, your lap. You have one napkin within reach, but it's as effective as using a washcloth to dry off after a shower. You're closer to work than you are to home. Your wreak of Dirty Chai Latte, and pretty sure your belly button is burnt.
What do you do? Here are some options:
1. Turn that car around and go home, which means one of two scenarios:
Whatever you decide to do there's one thing that will make your decision better: your attitude. There are two way to go with the situation:
I think we've all experienced the "Screw it! I'm done!" attitude. Been there, done that. Right? Sometimes situations just feel overwhelming and it's hard to see the bright side of the cup half full especially when the other half is on your shirt. Crawling back under the blankets just feels right.... Doesn't it?
Well, if we're really honest with ourselves in that moment, I think we know that getting wrapped up in the negative emotions and carrying them around is a heavy burden that really drags us down.
It can be hard to flip the switch by breathing deep and letting go of the negative. It takes practice and though ... but ... it's oh so worth it. Positivity is so powerful. Researchers are finding more and more evidence pointing to the many benefits of optimism and positive thinking. Such findings suggest that not only are positive thinkers healthier and less stressed, they also have greater overall well-being. According to positive psychology researcher Suzanne Segerstrom, "Setbacks are inherent to almost every worthwhile human activity, and a number of studies show that optimists are in general both psychologically and physiologically healthier."
Before you put on those rose-colored glasses, it is important to note that positive thinking is not about taking a "Pollyanna" approach to life. In fact, researchers have found that in some instances, people who are excessively optimistic might overestimate their own abilities and take on more than they can handle, ultimately leading to more stress and anxiety.
Instead of ignoring reality in favor of the silver lining, psychologists suggest that positive thinking centers on such things as a belief in your abilities, a positive approach to challenges, and trying to make the most of bad situations.
Bad things will happen. Sometimes you will be disappointed or hurt by the actions of others, or inadvertently wear your beverage. This does not mean that the world is out to get you. Positive thinkers will look at the situation realistically, search for ways that they can improve the situation, and try to learn from their experiences.
Positivity enhances wellness.
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Have a positively good day!