When I retired, I made a conscious effort to become a more positive person. During my career, I was a critical, cynical pessimist. I was the first to point out the issues in anything, including what might go wrong 3 steps down the path being taken. I even had a boss once tell me I would never be happy. I wanted to be happy. I liked being around positive, happy people. I needed to intentionally change my mindset.
Part of my conscious effort was exploring Positive Psychology and the science of happiness. Later in my retirement, I even took courses on these topics. I continue to modify my Positivity Practices as I learn new things. Currently, I practice intentionally living the following tenets:
- Savor the Little Things in Life
- Write Morning Journal & Daily Gratitude
- Invest in Experiences
- Intentional Connections – IRL & Virtual
- Be Active – Daily Movement – Functional Fitness
- Appreciate Time Abundance – Time to Just Be
- Embrace Self-Empowering Beliefs; Shift Negative Self-talk to Positive
- Shift Compare & Despair to Observe & Admire
- Understand my Triggers; Use my Glimmers
- Look Inside for Validation; Listen to my Intuition
- Connect to Nature
- Adequate Sleep & Manage Body Maintenance
- Encourage my Love of Learning; Get Crafty
Every morning as part of my journaling, I (attempt to) write down three things I was grateful for from the previous day. I’ve always enjoyed seeing other people’s gratitude posts and so thought I might share some of my items from the past month.
I am grateful:
- We were spared by hurricane Ian (see blog link). I know that many were impacted and have felt a bit of survivor guilt. I found some peace in giving to the relief efforts.
- For our close proximity to the beach which allows for lots of “Beach Walk & Talks” with friends, both in real life and virtually.
- I found Cardio Drumming. I has become my favorite fun activity that is also a phenomenal workout.
- I finished the corked bottle centerpieces (a few pictured in post header) for a local Wine Fest. And I am grateful to have found a fun craft that provided a philanthropic opportunity to donate the centerpieces. I enjoyed making them and folks who have seen them seem to like them! [Wine Fest is in a couple of weeks.]
- For Fall Fun with Friends. Activities this fall so far included a shuffleboard evening, live theater dinner date, attending professional soccer game, hosting my ladies book club, and going to a magic show.
- Time ….to explore assisted living facilities for my mom, to do some early morning full moon shelling, to re-read a full book series (blog link), to explore crafting (with corks, beads, glass, shells, dried flowers), and to donate volunteer time to the local Garden Club.
- My hubby is willing to be my plus-one on activities, from a local evening Art Walk to a morning of kayaking and shelling. They might not be his first choice activities, but he’s happy to go along with me when I need the emotional support.
Practicing daily gratitude definitely helps me keep a more positive mindset.
Do you have a regular gratitude practice?
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