You might have seen my Facebook post, about a month long challenge to notice the positives. With all the recent events in London and Manchester, we are constantly bombarded with fear, negativity and distress. It is so easy to focus on all the bad things in life – I can easily do it myself, start to dwell on what I haven’t got, on my flaws, weaknesses and the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
I’ve noticed that when I start to focus on these, my mood definitely goes down…just me? It happens to us all, the more we focus on the negative, the more negative we feel.
It is well known in the psychotherapy field, that if you take more notice of the positives in each day, it can have a positive impact on your mood, self esteem and wellbeing. That is not saying in anyway that focussing on the positives can cure anxiety or depression but, it might make a difference.
I discussed this with a client yesterday and between us, we decided to experiment with the idea. So we thought it would be a great idea to invite others to join us and then write about our findings in a blog post. So we started yesterday, jotting down anything that happens, however small, that we might normally dismiss.
I’m sat in a coffee shop writing this (my usual place for inspiration) and a lady across from me has just looked up and given me a wonderful smile. The kind that warms your heart. First positive of the day. We’d love it if you’d join us. Let’s keep a record of all the positives and see what happens!