Maintaining a positive attitude, speaking positive words, and thinking positive thoughts is essential to a happy, stress-free, and productive life. I learned to focus on the positive early in life. Like many, I was brought up on a principle my mother instilled in me: “If you can’t say something nice about a person, then do not say anything at all.” I took that to mean that we should not only refrain from negativity, but that we should also focus on the positive.
My mother’s advice eventually became the bedrock of my first principle to reduce stress: POSITIVITY. I now think of it whenever something negative pops into my head or if I am about to say something that can be interpreted in a negative way. I immediately ask myself, “How can I say that in a positive way?”
Focus on the Positive
When it comes to building and improving relationships, negativity is the biggest enemy. Get it out of your mind. Remove it from your house. Keep it out of your environment. You do not want to express negativity to your associates, to those who may work for you, or to your friends. You do not want anything to do with it. Therefore, when you see it, turn it around. If you cannot turn it around, then you turn around and walk the other way.
Tip: Both negativity and positivity are contagious, and both greatly affect your mental health. Make the conscious decision to focus on the positive. When you do, you’ll notice many benefits in all areas of life.
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