WOMEN & FAMILIES
Power of Positivity
With the recent surge of excessive temperatures, a little bit of Christmas in July weather would be welcome, along with April Showers! With the constant changes regarding the pandemic along with the stress of excessive heat it is sometimes hard to stay positive. How we think plays a significant role in how we feel. The more you focus on positive things in your life (close friends, fun plans with the kids, or maybe a family outing on the bike trail, the things that are going well with you and your family) the more likely you will enjoy a sense of well-being. Positive thinking brings positive responses in your body, which can boost your mood and diminish stress.
Now that I have your attention, you may ask, what is the definition of positivity? It is the ability to meet challenges and situations in life with an “I can do it,” I’ll figure it out,” “Things will work out” attitude. Positive thinking and positive reactions are infectious in a good way and it can turn a frown upside down. People who choose the power of positive thinking face the same challenges and stressors in life like everyone else. The big difference, they choose to react to these challenges by finding a productive and positive way to cope and respond. In terms of an old cliché. “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade!”
In closing here are some tips to bring positivity to your life.
Surround yourself with positive people. It is ok to avoid people who bring you down or do not bring out the best in you.
Find areas in your life that bring you joy; help you maintain a sense of humor and give you a sense of well-being.
Be familiar with situations or areas in your life that bring out the “negative” in you – when a situation cannot be changed, try to focus on the positive! If a situation can be changed, then make sure you follow through.
Find ways to give to others. You would not be a Lion if you did not put service to others before self. Do some random acts of kindness, the kids will love this! Remember, doing for others is a powerful way to help you create positivity in your own life.
Focusing on the aspects of your life that are going well can promote a positive attitude for you and your family for the rest of your lives. As Helen Keller quoted, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Till next time……
President, West Newton Lions Club
14-E Chair - Women and Families in Lionism