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How to Flip the Switch on Negativity

By Sandy Schroeder

As January rushes toward February, we may be wondering where all of our resolutions went.  In the process, we may feel very negative.

Moving away from negativity could make a difference. It starts with attitude. Our life is a mirror of our attitudes.

Without even thinking about it, we may have become more negative, skeptical, or jaded. That act is contagious. Everyone around us picks up on it, and follows suit, especially kids.

If you look back and remember being a lot more positive and hopeful, take your cue from that. Start moving to change the mood. As you do, you and everyone around you, will benefit.

Start Reaching Out – At home and work, take the time to talk to your family and co-workers. Encourage them, and really listen to what they have to say. That’s your team. You can all help each other move forward.

Pick One Spot to Improve – Start with a home project and a work project, and spend a little time on it. Enthusiasm is contagious. Your efforts may prompt others to jump in.

Help Animals and Wildlife – There is no better way to feel positive than to visit a facility where animals or wildlife are being helped. There is a marine facility near me that rescues sea lions. There is something magical about seeing a baby sea lion respond to its rescuers, and later head back into the ocean. Animal shelters, and rescue operations, can all use donations and hands-on help. Take your kids and make the effort.

Learn Something New – If you have always wanted to learn how to paint watercolors, take a class. Woodworking, antique restoration, or photography could be your choice. If you have a teen who is interested, include him or her, too.

Join the Dialogue – Want changes in your community? Join groups who are out there working. Show up and contribute your time and your thoughts.

Make Every Day Better – Think about it. Your schedule could open up for more dinners at home with your family, walks before work, and weekend getaways. Or your work could benefit from lunch time meditations.

Smile First – Take it one day at a time and offer a smile first. I am always amazed when I do this. The person who is just about to snap at me may smile too when I smile. We are all looking for positive connections. You just have to be the one who sets them in motion.

You may have other ways to adjust your attitude to benefit you, your family, and your co-workers. Whatever you come up with, start moving and do it. The difference will be worth it.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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