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Staying positive

Published 3:48am Thursday, October 24, 2013

I believe I’m a glass half full type of person. I don’t think I’m annoying about it. However, I’m definitely not out of touch with reality and believe everything is just great all the time. I just generally choose to find the silver lining and I really try not to stress over the things I have no control over.

Staying positive may just be in my genes. My mother is typically optimistic and so is my dad. Basically, I had no choice in the matter and some just find it easier than others to look on the bright side.

If you find that this is not in your nature, don’t dismiss the notion of being an optimist just because you don’t think that’s who you are. Things are easier to handle when you approached them with positivity – and by “things,” I mean life.

I just believe that happiness is a choice. How you choose your approach will definitely play a part in how things play out. When your attitude is positive, it makes it easier to handle business and move on.

The proverb, “This too shall pass,” or the quote from “Gone With the Wind,” that “after all tomorrow is another day,” are good illustrations of moving on and in a positive way. Hanging onto the negativity just makes you feel worse.

Find something positive in every day regardless of how small or trivial it may seem. Today I relished in the fact that I could wear boots and not end the day with my feet in puddles of sweat. A little graphic, yes, but positive. Definitely take the time to enjoy the big, positive moments and look forward to them.

Take some time for yourself. We deserve little perks now and then, plus it provides the positive moments we all need to maintain an optimistic attitude. It only makes sense, in my mind, that these little acts would help disperse resentments and unhappiness in general.

Take the time to laugh. That’s something we make sure to do A LOT in the office. Laugh out loud. A good ‘ol belly laugh has been known to ease the most tense and negative situations.

 

Shannon Elliott is general manager of the Elmore County newspapers of Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. Contact her at 334-567-7811. 

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