Monday, 19 March 2018

How to Think Positively About Negative Situations | International Day of Happiness

Tomorrow - March 20th - is the International Day of Happiness, and with all the happiness I've acquired and built for myself over the last few years, there's no way I could let this day pass by without writing a post about it. As someone who once thought life was awful, unbearable, and not worth living, but is now head over heels in love with living and is so grateful to wake up every day, happiness and positivity is something that I love talking about because I know it is achievable.

This post is all about perspective, and how a simple change to the way you think can drastically affect how you feel about life and the world around you. Sometimes it really is the littlest things that can create the biggest changes, so here a few simple ways to try and turn a negative situation around ✨



WORK IS GETTING YOU DOWN.

No one is immune to the woes that can come with working, but changing your mindset and how you look at things can drastically affect your time at work. It's important to remember how great it is to be able to work. It allows you to get out of the house, do something, and earn money so that you can do things like have electricity and eat food. 

It's things like that, that seem so common to many of us, that we take for granted. As I have mentioned before, it is a privilege just to have a job. So many people would love to be in your position, so enjoy it while you have it - after all, we never know what tomorrow could bring, or take away from us.

A NEW PROJECT OR RECIPE YOU TRY DOESN'T WORK OUT.

First up, some humility so you don't all think I am a bubbly, laughing person 24/7: Nothing gets to me more than when something I've planned doesn't work out. I set such high expectations for myself, and I am torn apart when they don't come out the way I hoped - but I'm working on it. I am trying to train myself to think of the good parts of these situations. 

For example, it teaches me to think on my feet. Depending on what has gone wrong, I am often able to salvage the product by changing something last minute, which helps me become more resourceful. It also teaches me that there's often a much simpler way to do things, and that I don't have to push myself so far every time. If those things don't make me feel better, at the very least I am still getting some practice in and am (very) slowly learning to be more patient with myself.


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SOMEONE IS TREATING YOU BADLY.

Everybody has to deal with this at some point in their life. Even though I have cut off every toxic friend and family member that I once had, I still have to deal with people online, at work, and just in every day life, so there is bound to be a few people who snap at me, say something rude, or are just so bitter that it drags even me down. 

Once again, learning to deal with this situation is all about perspective. The most common thing people say is to put yourself in their shoes because you never know what they could be growing through, and there's a very good chance that their attitude towards you has nothing to do with you at all - but it's hard to feel sorry for people who are treating you badly. 

Instead, I think about how grateful I am that I'm not them. I am so glad that I don't let petty things like jealousy affect how I treat people, and that's really humbling to think. I do my very best to be a good person and treat everyone with respect, and they certainly can't say that. I know that I have a good heart, and that's all that matters at the end of the day.

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These very simple things have made me a much happier person in my day-to-day life, and have encouraged me to appreciate each day for what it is. I still have a long way to go in my journey to happiness - as cliche as that may sound - but I am still so proud and amazed by how far I've come already. Life is good, and we are so lucky to be alive at this point in time, so don't let a single day pass you by without remembering that 💕

Until next time,
Indya xx

PS. I came across this post on Reddit where someone challenges people to write a negative sentence, and he'll put a positive spin on it. I'm all for encouraging people to change their mindset, and some of the things said are really interesting!