Sherina was my first ever guest blogger and she is a beautiful writer. Her blog Sherina Speaks is my go to space for all things inspirational and positive. Sherina is also such a conscious writer, writing about the news, climate change and the importance of loving the world we live in ,as well as the people in it. Her sunny outlook on life is something I definitely want to adopt.
As part of my ‘Changing the WORLD’ project (which you can check out here) Sherina shared a value that she believes will help our generation.
“What life lesson, quote, or value is so important to you that you would love to share to help our generation?”
Sometimes I imagine that when I write, I am standing on a podium with a microphone speaking not just to an auditorium but to the entire world. Really, my writing has the power to reach the world – and yours does, too. When I imagine this and consider the power of words, I wonder what I would say. What message is worth the world hearing? There are so, so many things I would want the world to hear. One of the most important things is a piece of advice, one which I make an effort to abide by everyday: be positive.
First of all, I want to make the distinction between the words happy and positive. Definitionally (is that a word? It is now) happy is “feeling or showing pleasure or contentment”, while positive means “constructive in intention or attitude” and “showing optimism and confidence.” (Thanks for the definitions, Google!) To me, happy is an emotion like sad, angry, or confused; while positive means part of one’s attitude that allows them to be optimistic even in challenging situations. Being happy is great. I think, though, that it is easier to make an effort to be positive (and this, in turn, will help make you happy).
Be positive about your life. Bad things happen, but so do good things. Make the best out of bad situations by focusing on the positives, and being optimistic about how things will turn out. Don’t be afraid to take time to be sad, because that’s part of life – but make sure you cope in a positive and productive way.
Be positive about who you are. There’s always room for growth, but don’t focus so much on the person you want to be that you forget the lovely individual who you already are. Sometimes we expect to be validated by others, so when we’re not complimented we feel badly about ourselves. Be your own biggest fan, and love who you are (it can be difficult, I know, but it’s worth it).
Be positive to your friends and on social media. Positivity spreads. Don’t pass down an opportunity to make someone smile, in real life or on the Internet. That simple act has a ripple effect; you’d be surprised how far it can spread.
Be positive about the future of the world. I know there’s a lot of negative news out there and it’s easy to get bogged down by it, but be an optimist. As John Green once said, “The world may be broken but hope is not crazy.”
Be positive, and make a conscious effort to stay positive. Read the Good News section on Huffington Post, spend more time pursuing hobbies that make you happy, write yourself notes with positive things about yourself and stick them around your room, or make your phone background a picture of a positive memory. Be aware of the things that make you feel negative, and try to cut those things out of your life. If that’s not possible, then try to deal with them in positive ways.
If you think positive thoughts, you will have positivity infused in your life. Buddha said, “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” So if your thoughts are positive, you will become positive, you will attract positive people and opportunities, and ultimately you will have a positive life – and of this, I am positive.
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