Positivity Is Contagious

Positivity Is Contagious

Thoughts on creating a positive change.
615
views

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.


Cover Image Credit: Tayler Burch

Popular Right Now

5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
264713
views

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

Cover Image Credit: Just For Laughs-Chicago

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.

59
views

Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.


Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.


Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

Related Content

Facebook Comments