As much as I love other people’s blog posts on positivity I never really thought to write one of my own, until I watched a TED talk and started implementing some changes in our lives: If you haven’t seen it yet, Shawn Anchor’s talk on ‘The Happy Secret to Better Work’ is well worth watching!
Though I was already aware of most of the things that he discussed, I realised that we weren’t actively using any of his ideas on a daily basis, except for maybe daily exercise. Although we are happy and content with life, imagine how happy we could actually be if we set out with intentions to increase our happiness.
The first, and easiest, thing that we have implemented is practicing gratitude on a regular basis. When we first get into bed at night we each come up with 3 things we are greatful for. I have been writing them down on a scrap piece of paper and putting them in a jar – after only a week it is starting to fill up – just looking at that jar reminds ourselves of how lucky we actually are.
The next thing I am thinking of putting into practice is some daily meditation. At the moment our schedules are crazy busy, but all the more reason why we need some quiet in our days – all it means is 10 minutes less of facebook or playing online at some point during the day.
I often feel like I am constantly ‘connected’ whether in front of my laptop or on my phone, so it would be nice to have a segment of the day where I switch off, both to electronics and active thinking, giving my brain a chance to stop and just be.
Switch off the Negativity & Turn up the Positivity:
If you fill your mind with garbage and negativity, how can you expect to think positively?
For this reason, I rarely watch the news, never watch ‘current events’ shows or horror movies and have recently shifted from reading mostly fashion blogs to more and more health, positivity and inspirational blogs (as well as food blogs of course).
This shift has been a conscious decision to remove things that causes me frustration and focus on things that make me happy, filling my head with positivity from the outside in, as well as from the inside out. This has also extended to twitter and facebook, where I have resorted to unfollowing and hiding people who use social media purely as a place to vent or complain.
So on that note, here are some blogs that I am loving lately, all of which align with my positive vibes and have fabulous articles that have addressed happiness, positivity and gratitude:
In Spaces Between – Rach’s posts are always inspirational and I have never known someone to be so positive! Keep an eye out especially for her weekly ‘Making Me Happy‘ series, all about gratitude and appreciating what you have!
Emily Levinson – sign up to her newsletter for positivity straight to your inbox!
Positively Present – the name really says it all, this fabulous blog is full of uplifting advice to help you live to your full potential!
Do you have any favourite blogs bursting with positivity and inspiration? I am always on the search for more so please do share!
What are your top tips for making your life as happy as it can possibly be?
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