NATIONAL POSITIVE THINKING DAY

National Positive Thinking Day - it changes the way you see your world (Photo by Ethan Robertson)

NATIONAL POSITIVE THINKING DAY

The 13th of September is National Positive Thinking Day, and it's all about attitude.... a positive attitude.

The power of positive thinking is amazing - medical studies have shown that people with a positive attitude are healthier and fight illness more effectively than others. Also, people with a "can-do" attitude, are far more likely to succeed at work, and in accomplishing the goals they set in life. They're also nice to have around and bring joy to those they interact with. A positive person lifts the spirits of those they connect with on a daily basis. 


A POSITIVE BLOG

From the very beginning, writing this blog has been about positivity, about choosing to smile, to have a happy outlook, to see your value, to celebrate Midlife, to appreciate family and friends, and to live life to the fullest.

Recently Leah Koldewyn at My Cup of Cocoa wrote to me and said:

I discovered your blog through  The Women of Midlife Facebook group. I want to nominate you for the Sunshine blogger award. It is given to blogs that are positive, inspiring and creative. Would you accept my nomination?

When I receive comments like this it validates what blogging is all about for me. It means that what I write does resonate with others and hopefully a little bit of sunshine gets shared. Nobody wants to read doom and gloom, misery and muck. We want to be uplifted and encouraged, and thinking positive is a big part of that.

SMILE

As you go about your day today, remember to share a smile with others - even total strangers respond when we smile and wish them a good morning. Choose your attitude in each interaction you have during the day - assume the best rather than thinking the worst. Presume others intend good things towards you and respond with kindness. Give people the benefit of the doubt, appreciate what you have, share the joy and see what happens.

"It takes just a moment to change your attitude. And, in that quick moment, you can change your entire day."

INSPIRATION

If you're struggling to feel positive, if you need a little bit more inspiration, why not check out a few of my posts on positivity? You can put "Happiness" or "Positivity" or "Smile" into the search field on my side bar and see what pops up. Or you might like to start with these that I chose at random:

The power of positivity

Light up the world with a smile
5 qualities of resilient people

Have a great day - if we approach it with positive thinking then we can't help but smile and enjoy ourselves. Even an ordinary week day at home or at work can be made better by choosing our attitude and looking for the blessings. 


I'd love you to share something positive from your day in the comments. I'll start by saying that I work part-time (BIG positive!) and today is the last day of my working week (even bigger positive). I plan on smiling at every person I meet today and having something nice to say, no matter what.  Your turn!

National Positive Thinking Day - it changes the way you see your world (Photo by Ethan Robertson)

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30 comments

  1. Something positive from TODAY? It's still early here, but not as early as it should be, as I've only just finished getting ready for the day. I slept in! MOST unusual, but that is really something GOOD! Thanks for your post. So true.

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    1. A sleep in is always a great way to start the day Shirley - it's what I look forward to most on my days off :)

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  2. Awww, I kind of needed to read this today. I'm feeling massively motivated, but my stupid back hurts, so motivation has been hampered by a bit of pain-related negativity. Thanks for the lift :D

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    1. It's all about doing what we can and accepting that it's not always exactly what we had hoped for isn't it? I think you'll get more done than you expect and should give yourself a pat on that poor back for achieving it x

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  3. This was exactly what I needed to read this morning, as I was feeling low about various things. Thanks, Leanne!

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    1. Lovely that you liked it Shari and I hope that things improve (I'm sure they will because life has a habit of getting better if you let it).

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  4. Oh that's mile thing. I've known it intellectually for years but really only spend time focusing on it recently. Parking the car sitting in the car smiling and feeling… And I realize this sounds crazy… The happiness cascade around my brain. It works. For now at least :-)

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    1. It's about what we focus on isn't it Carla? If we stop and think about the good stuff and let ourselves be happy then the smiles just flow :)

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  5. Something positive from today was being with Ethan my grandson. He is always my does of positivity Leanne and congratulations on your nomination. I love how both of our blogs deal with the positive side of midlife rather than getting down about it. Getting older happens but it is our attitude that makes all the difference. Have a great day my friend. x

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    1. Attitude is definitely a BIG contributing factor in our lives isn't it Sue? Something blogging reinforces for me is how much I have to appreciate in my life and the difference it makes if I focus on that stuff and let the negativity go.

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  6. Congratulations on receiving The Sunshine Bloggers Award. You truly deserve this! 💕

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    1. Thanks Donna - it's a token gesture, but it was nice to think that my blog gives off happy, sunshiney vibes :)

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  7. Well no wonder you liked the quote I shared on my Facebook page earlier! ;-)

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    1. Yep - it definitely tied in with positive thinking Janet :)

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  8. I started my day with a sunrise...hello, that's the best start of all! I can usually see a bright side, but have a playlist on my phone full of songs that make me feel happy for those moments when I'm struggling to see the sun. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. One benefit of Winter is that I get to see the sun rise Jo - otherwise it beats me up in the morning in Summer - it really is a pretty (and positive) sight isn't it?

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  9. Something positive for me was the fact that I could get up and get blogging!! It's been such a wonderful and fun journey!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com
    ps...and my kitty slept with me last night---she's such a dear!

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    1. You've got to love a sleeping cat Jodie - and yest blogging is an amazingly positive journey isn't it?

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  10. I agree with Jo. Starting the day with the sunrise is such an amazing way to start fresh and re-energise. I'm usually a pretty positive person, and I have a great support network of friends and family who pick me up or kick me in the butt when I get a little negative :) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. I sometimes wonder what people without friends do to stay happy Lyndall. Having people in your life that pick you up and dust you off on the not so good days makes life worth living.

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  11. I hadn't known that. I'm not a positive person. I'd like to be (at least more so) and it's something I need to work on. I'm actually that way with others but not myself / my life. #teamlovinlife

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    1. I think blogging gives us a forum to learn to be more positive Deb - it connects us with so many people who are loving their lives and finding pleasure in the small things - that makes such a positive difference for me.

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  12. Looking on the brighter side of life is something that I firmly believe in and try to stick by. I've found that even when you are going through a rough patch, focusing on what you can do rather than what you can't gets you through and out the other side.

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    1. I think some people find positivity easier than others Jenni - but you're right about your outlook - it's what we focus on and what we choose to see that makes all the difference to our attitude and whether we are optomistic or not.

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  13. Thanks Leanne for linking up at #BloggersPitStop and inspiring us to bring some positivity into our day.

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  14. We have a National Positive Thinking Day and I missed it?!?!
    Every day is national positive thinking day for me. Although some days I have to work a little harder ... (read: a lot harder)
    The perfect post for the Lovin' Life Linky
    #teamlovinlife

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    1. I didn't know it existed either Leanne - but what a great day to celebrate - and what a great reminder to choose our attitude for the day (and for the rest of the year too!)

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