Lately, I’ve been stuck in a “glass half empty” mentality. And by lately, I mean the last couple years! It’s not that I’m not happy, feeling super lucky, having fun or really loving life….cause I am….I just have noticed that I tend to be caught up in the challenges of situations or let a mean comment or a mistake I made really affect me. The negatives seem to carry more weight than the positive things.
For example, I let the fact that I waited 45 minutes for a table at a restaurant even though I had a reservation put a big damper on my night instead of just relaxing, enjoying a glass of wine at the bar and getting over it. Or when thinking about change, I keep concentrating on the “what ifs” of it going wrong (what if I move and I don’t like my new place and it doesn’t work out? etc etc). Debby Downer in my head!! Life’s too short and I need to look on the bright side more often.
I’m lucky, I’m happy, things are great, and I recognize that. But I do think that I can bring some more optimism and appreciation for the simple things into my life. This glass half empty thing has become a bad habit and like any habit, I’m ready to change it.
Which brings me to my More Smiles in July challenge!
This month, I’m going to really focus on the GOOD THINGS, the things I’m insanely grateful for, the small things that I may take for granted but really do matter, and all the little bits of luck that happen each day.
Every day this month, along with my regular posts, I’ll post something that I’m grateful for or something simple that made me smile. I’m hoping this will help me seek the happy things of everyday, look for them, and let them be my focus.
The happier I am, the healthier I am. The happier and more positive I am, the more it breathes into all aspects life. You get what you give and so I’m planning to give more gratefulness. Afterall, these little moments in every day make up our life…..and I want them to be positive and overwhelmingly optimisitc.
To kick it off, here’s something small that made me smile today. Free samples when you don’t expect them! Yum, thank you Starbucks
So that’s my July challenge.
– Do you tend to be a glass half-empty or glass half-full type person?
– Do you think positive/negative outlooks on life are part of our personality that we were born with or a choice/habit that we can control?
– What little simple thing made you smile this weekend?