Five Ways To Be A Ray Of Sunshine Postivity

Five Ways To Be A Ray Of Sunshine Postivity

Being postive isn't the easiest thing in the world today, but it is possible

With everything that has been happening with the world lately: Gun violence, racism, judging people, hate, people turning against people, War, the presidential election, it is hard to see any positivity anymore, if there was any to begin with. What do we have to be positive about? It's not easy to keep rooting for a future that may or may not even happen. It's a lot easier to bury our heads in the sand and give up. It's easy to be negative. There's so much negativity now a days it's almost abnormal to be positive. Being a full time optimist myself, I don't think there's only negativity left in the world. I don't believe that all we have to look forward to is a bleak dark future. No. I wont accept that. I wont give into the negativity and neither should the rest of the you. It's easy to find positivity as it is to find negativity.

Here are five ways that you can become more positive and find brightness instead of focusing on the negative:

1. Fill your head with sunshine not rain clouds.

Stop focusing on the negative. Just stop thinking about it! When you keep thinking negatively, it's like a black hole is swallowing you up and you can't get out of it. It consumes you and that's not healthy. It is clinically possible for people to get sick from too much negativity. So instead of thinking the worst of situations, think of the best!

Your attitude and thought process play a big influence on how you live in life. If you're negative and your head is filled with rain clouds, then that's all you'll get. If you put on a brave face, smile and fill your head with sunshine, positive thoughts, such as,"Today is going to be a good day," then you will have the best day you can.

People always tend to focus on what we can't do or the worst things that can happen. What good will that do? Don't worry about what can and can't happen, no one can control that. Isn't it easier just to think the good, instead of thinking the bad? At least with sunshine thoughts, it makes life a lot easier to live. Think about it. When you have happy thoughts, it's like you are coated in a bubble and nothing negative can hurt you. You're so filled with the positive thoughts that you're only focused on the positive!

Positive things can only happen if you are willing to think that way. If you think negative then that's all that will happen. Once you have positive thoughts in your head, the rain clouds will go away.

Remember it's great to have positive thoughts, but you have to act on them to get a positive reaction. Those thoughts will become feelings and those feelings will become positive experiences. See what happens when you think positive. Life becomes so much easier and full of sunshine!

So focus on the sunshine thoughts: "Everything is going to be okay," "Today is going to be great," "I am still here and my life is good," and "Good things are going to happen."

Keep those rain clouds outside and bring the sunshine in.

2. Smile a day keeps the negativity away!

It's really simple, but very effective! Smiling can have such a positive effect on your mood. Smiling is not just a facial expression, it is the easiest way to show happiness. Fun fact: it is easier for your body to smile. Smiling uses less muscles/energy compared to frowning. Plus, it's friendlier!

When you are stressed from negativity, a simple smile can not only make you feel good, but it also makes everyone around you feel good. You never know if another person might be feeling just as negative as you, but as soon as you smile at them, they can't help but feel positive energy from your smile which causes them to smile, too.

It always feels to good to smile. It makes people look so beautiful and full of life. When you smile it makes you feel happy, and negative thoughts just go away. So, keep on smiling. It's like poison to negativity.

3. Be around positive people.

Being around positive people sounds like common sense. It's better to be with people who lift you up than those who bring you down. However, it is very difficult to find people who can be those positive influences. Some people have the tendency to hang on to negative, toxic people. They have a fear of being alone or not being able to find someone better. So they decide to stay with these people, be affected by their negativity and sacrifice their own happiness.

This can damage someone's mentally and even cause them to be stressed. I have personally experience negative friends that have cause mental stress because of all their negativity. It was too much.

Sometimes you have to cut those negative people off. Please remember, you don't have to be friends with everyone. You don't need to be in a negative relationship of any kind. If someone makes you feel worthless or like you're nothing, you don't need them in your life because they are just breaking you down. That's not what people who truly care about you do.

People who care about you and love you make you feel good about yourself. They make you feel loved, lift you up, encourage you and fill you with positivity. When you have people that are positive in your life, it makes facing the negativity in the world a lot more easier. An army of positivity can defeat any negativity!

4. Have a positivity jar.

Having a jar that you can open anytime and read a positive message is a great idea for people who need a boost of positivity. Sometimes we need some motivation and a bit of a boost to be positive. It's always good to read a message that's so inspirational it makes you think, "Hey, my life isn't all bad. I do have some positivity in my life, and I should be happy with what I have."

For me, having a positivity jar makes my day even brighter. Everyone needs a little reminder that they are amazing, life is good and there is always a light at the end of every turn. If you don't have a jar, that's okay! You can write a list of positive things or sticky notes and hang them on a wall. Anything can work as long as you can look at it and remember that you have a reason to be happy!

5. Encourage Others to be Positive

That's my purpose in life. My main goal to spread my positivity to everyone. I personally don't want anyone feeling sad or negativity. Seeing people everyday falling victim to negativity hurts me. It's great when you finally feel positive and happy, but the feeling you get when you cause someone else to have that same positivity feels amazing. All my happiness comes from making others happy,. Seeing them smile or feel better about themselves because of something I did makes me feel warm and full of sunshine. If I can make one person smile everyday, then I have done my job.

In order to get rid of negativity, you have to spread sunshine to everyone so that they can feel good about themselves. When I first stared writing and sharing my work, I was amazed how much positive feedback I was getting. People were telling me that I made their day, I made them smile or I made them feel better about themselves. That's the best feeling ever! Just to know I made a small difference in that person's day.

Making people feel good and like matter builds their confidence, lift their spirits and make them feel like someone is really there for them. Everyone needs a pep talk and positive vibes. If the world had more people taking the time to encourage others and make them feel better, maybe we wouldn't be in the world we are today. Sometimes all people need is someone to be a ray of sunshine to bring them up.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Things Nobody Told Me About Depression, But I Really Wish Somebody Would Have

I was diagnosed with depression six months ago. These are some of the things that I wish I had known sooner.


There are a ton of things about having depression that no one will tell you. For example, something that no one ever told me about depression is that I have it.

I was diagnosed with depression in December of 2018 - just six months ago. But my therapist tells me that, based on what I've said about my mental state, I've likely had depression since elementary school, if not earlier.

The fact that I've had depression for so long and not know about it only goes to show how easy it is for one to live with mental health issues and never know it.

The fact that I apparently developed depression at such an early age only goes to show that mental health issues do not exclusively affect people only after they have lived and experienced all that life can throw at them.

The fact that I have had a pretty good life - a loving family, success in academics, never experiencing severe poverty - only goes to show that mental health issues are not always caused by shitty life experiences and traumas.

These are all things that no one ever told me about depression, and things that I never knew until I got to college and took a psychology class focused on mental health issues.

I did not know that depression can hide for years without you ever knowing about it.

I did not know that depression can manifest even in young children.

I did not know that depression can affect even those living happy lives.

These are things no one tells you about depression.

These are things that I had to learn by myself, and things that I am still learning how to compromise with the reality of my own life experience.

It's no one person's fault that I didn't know these things, it was the fault of a societal system that didn't know it needed to be concerned with such things. The early 2000s, when my young brain was developing and learning how to cope with the world, were not exactly focused on mental health in children. By the time people realized that children were suffering from depression and anxiety at earlier and earlier ages, I had already been living with my own issues for years, and I thought that my experiences and interpretations of the world around me was normal - that this was how everybody felt, that this was all normal. I didn't think that the symptoms that our counselors and teachers warned about at the beginning of each school year applied to me.

Nobody told me that depression isn't always sadness and crying.

Nobody told me that sometimes depression is a creeping grey numbness that clouds your brain. That sometimes it is a blurring and a muting of your emotions until you feel nothing at all. That such nothingness is worse than any level of sadness you would ever feel.

Nobody told me that depression isn't constant.

Nobody told me that I would have good days amid the bad ones. That every now and then, a day in a week or a day in a month or a day in a blue moon, I would have all of my emotions sharp and bright and my smiles would be as soft as they were genuine and I would relish the taste of the air around me. That these good days don't invalidate the bad days and mean that I don't have depression after all.

Nobody told me that once I was diagnosed with depression it would simultaneously feel like a weight had been lifted and like a punch to the gut all at once.

Nobody told me the relief that I would feel at the explanation and the knowledge that I might not always have to live like this. That I would also feel my understanding of my life flipped upside down, because if the way I have been experiencing the world is because of a disease, then what does that mean for the validity of my life and who I am?

Nobody told me that there would be a part of me that feared to get better, because who would I be without depression? Without this parasite that has somehow been such a constant throughout my life?

Nobody told me that I would begin to question which parts of my personality are "real" and which parts of me are the depression?

And if those two things can even be separate? And if so, will I ever be able to say I am better, if these parts of me developed through depression are still a part of me once I am "recovered"?

Nobody told me how scary that thought would be.

But what people have told me is that recovery is possible. They have told me that life gets better. That those good days that I used to find - unexpected yet welcome - could become my normal day. That I can be my own person, separate from my depression, and I can grow stronger, and happier, and more vibrant and more driven and MORE.

These are the things that people have told me, and these are the things that I remind myself of.

Nobody told me how lonely depression can be, but I hope that this article might make you feel a little less alone, and a little more prepared, and a little more understood.

I am not an expert. I still do not know everything, and my experience is my own, and in no way represents a majority or speaks on behalf of everyone out there suffering from depression. But I know now that I am not alone in my own experiences, and I hope that whoever is reading this, if you need it, maybe now you can know that you are not alone in yours.

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