Positivity Is Contagious

Positivity Is Contagious

Thoughts on creating a positive change.
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Have you ever heard that negative thoughts bring a negative life? Well, in all honesty, it is true. Throughout my life, I have learned to believe that if you believe something beautiful or wonderful is going to happen, then it's going to happen.

I am not here to write about my happiness journey, though. I want everyone to experience exactly how I have been feeling and exactly why it is so addicting. When one singular person starts a chain reaction of positive acts, it can grow to a bigger movement. Now, think about the most positive person in your life. Why do you think they are so positive all the time? I can bet that they are positive because 1) they become what they think about and 2) someone else has impacted their life so much that they created their own ripple effect of happiness and positivity. I understand that being positive all the time is unrealistic because everyone is able to feel emotions that are valid and those emotions should not be ignored. Although this is true, being negative all the time is more damaging and can lead people to an incredibly unhappy lifestyle. Throughout my 19 years of life, I have noticed that the most negative people have the worst time getting over things, getting through rough times, and experience more anger and disappointment.

There is a lot of negativity in this world, but being able to put that all aside and focus on the things you can control and making them better is going to make you so much happier in the end. Focusing only on the things that are not fixable, such as your "lack" of a talent, that you have not met "the one" yet, or other people's emotions towards you, is only going to make you miserable. What is worth thinking about are the one's who do love every part of you, the talents you do possess, and the obstacles you have overcome in your lifetime. It's up to you to make that positive change in your life and to stop worrying about what does not matter or what is out of your own control. Negativity can get the best of you.

So, to those people who aspire to start a positive change in their life, I want to challenge you to do something. I want you to do something positive for you, for your family, for your friends, for your roommates, or even for your pet at least once a day. This can range from anything like doing a chore that has been nagging at you and your roommates and finally getting it done, to buying your mom some nice flowers to decorate the living room. You can even treat yourself to a pamper day because you got an A on a test you studied incredibly hard for. Whatever that positive impact is to you, just do it. I promise you one thing will happen from this and that is that you will feel better. You will create a ripple effect of positivity in the lives of others, but especially in your own.

Something I have noticed while doing this is that the more I do it, the happier I am. Even if it was only a heartfelt text to my friends telling them how much I appreciate them and all they do for me, to visiting my parents on the weekends, I noticed a positive change in me. I realized how much happier I was because I was able to impact someone else in a good way. Positivity is contagious and you can be the one to start a ripple effect that impacts others, but most importantly, impacts yourself.


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You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

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Also, everything else you should know if you're a slightly out-of-shape girl (like me).

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With my freshman year coming to an end, I realized a lot of things. I made new friends, I found new hobbies, and I learned a lot of lessons. One of them being that the "Freshman 15" is very real and very scary.

While my friends and family have attempted multiple times to convince me that I'm just being dramatic (I am), I still want to make a change in my lifestyle or I will, in all seriousness, be on track to the "Sophomore 20".

Here is a list of my best gym and healthy lifestyle tips that I am slowly attempting to live by this summer in order to resurrect Emily's 18-year-old body and health.

1. Increase water intake.

2. Find a gym buddy.

3. Start off with cardio.

4. Don't stop on your cardio until you're dripping in sweat.

5. Chug a LOT of water an hour before the gym.

Do not do it right before, or you will be in pain.

6. Eat light beforehand but just enough to hold you over. 

7. Plan out what your routine will be BEFORE you get there.

My routine: Elliptical for a mile, Stairmaster for 10 minutes, ab HIIT workout for 10 minutes, 5 more minutes on Stairmaster.

8. Buy healthy foods while you're feeling motivated.

9. Find a gym that isn't too far from your house. 

10. Don't get mad at yourself if you don't see results in a day.

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11. Try fitness classes. 

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