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Living Positive in a Negative World

It is possible to live a positive life even with negative people all around you. It is POSSIBLE, but it ain’t easy!!!!

I live with several negative people around me every day. I see the half full glass and they see the need to buy milk at incredibly expensive prices and paying out the ear for gas to get there (the scary thing is that I’m NOT exaggerating).

It would be easy to fall down to their level. Finding the good and positive in situations (and especially in people) is not always the fun way to live. Choosing to nag, complain and basically pass out blame like Pez is a much easier path to take. At least it seems to be easier.

The truth is that positive people live healthier, happier and longer lives. That’s what I want for my children. So I choose to see the silver lining no matter what the grumblers and complainers may see. I choose to see the rainbow and admire the colors and not complain about the rain. I choose to see that our needs are met and not complain that we don’t have a million dollars in savings.

It has taken me years to work out a system, but I have developed ways to protect my positive attitude from the negative forces that often surround me.

5 Tips for Living Positive

  • Avoid negative news, movies and television shows. The attitudes you put into your eyes and your ears will fester in your heart and eventually come out of your mouth. Guard your mind!
  • Give up trying to make the people around you be positive. Live your life the way you know it should be lived (putting God first, putting others second, and then looking out for yourself as well). They will eventually come around or run away.

  • Find at least one positive outlet for your life (like this blog 😀 ). You need to be recharged and lifted up or the negative forces will suck the life right out of you.
  • Make a decision to stay positive for the next hour – and keep doing it for every hour of the day. A little at a time does not seem like such a big hurdle.
  • Being positive does not mean being perky. It is okay to be upset about a situation or to even be sad (because of a loss or a pain). It is what you do with those emotions that make the biggest difference between a positive person and a negative person. Do you take out your emotions on the people around you or to you begin to look for things in your life that you are truly grateful to have?

It is all about choice. The life that I live and that I teach my kids can be the one that is healthy, happy and full of life or it can be one of clouds, complaints, and darkness. It seems like a simple enough choice, but every day I watch as people around me choose the dark over the light.

Time to build a life of peace and joy

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  • Great post. Maturity in Christ brings us to know we choose where we camp out in our minds; therefore what we will think, see and hear. Submitting to the leading of the Spirit of God has changed everything in my life. Even the bad times have the presence of God and therefore He is Love and He brings hope, faith and love to all no matter what. I’m enjoying reading your posts. May God bless you to keep on writing … we need to hear your voice.

  • Hey Kay,

    Thanks so much for stopping in to the site. My struggle today is living what I know when the ones around me seem to be determined to go a different direction ;).

  • Great encouraging post. This last year or so (b/c of the economy) has been tough for a lot of people. The economy excuse is getting so overplayed. I’m not saying people are hurting, etc. What I’m saying is the media and news outlets are shoving this stuff down our throats day in and day out. It has the people who are not in danger of losing jobs, etc freaking out about it all. The stock market is in the tank, jobs are lost, housing is in a slump….I could go on forever. I see encouragement in Christ. I see forever with a God who loves me. That is my guarantee, everything else is temporary. So however long God let’s me stay on this earth, I plan to be positive and plan to shine his light bright for others to see. I agree there is no hope in trying to make someone positive, but maybe our actions will allow them to see there is a better way.

  • Great and encouraging post on being positive, even with a whole world of negativity going on around us! I will definitely be using this info… and letting the readers on my Inspirational blog know about this one!