Welcome back! I appreciate your support in my battle against negativity and efforts to be more positive. Special thanks to those who have left me encouraging comments or promoted my work by sharing the link to this or one of the 30 days of negativity diet articles. I hope you’re enjoying my journey to a more positive and optimistic life. Links to all of the articles can be found on my Associated Content profile.
Big Lessons Learned
It helped that I already had a background of pursuing optimism and positive thinking, but my negativity diet was still a challenge. Things that I didn’t even realize I was viewing in a negative manner suddenly became obvious as did opportunities to be more positive. There were so many lessons learned I couldn’t possibly include them in one short article but I will include a few of the big ones. My negativity diet really opened my eyes to the following:
• Opportunities to be more positive and optimistic (random acts of kindness, compliments, etc.)
• My personal hot buttons (traffic, safety violations, etc.).
• How easy it is to let illness or bad circumstances ruin our moods yet how worthwhile it is to deal with them in a positive manner instead of letting the negativity rule.
• A new appreciation for my family and friends. They have so many positive and wonderful qualities.
• It’s a lot easier to see the positive when you are looking for it.
• Seeing through eyes of love and giving people the benefit of the doubt is really good for positive relationships.
I mentioned it in a few of my negativity diet articles, but I really want this newfound optimism to remain with me. It helped me deal with some very difficult situations (dental malpractice causing excruciating and enduring pain, migraine headaches and other health challenges, incompetence, negligence, interpersonal conflict, etc.) in a more positive way than I might previously have done. Even though at times it was quite challenging to remain positive, it felt really good to take the high road. Generally, I felt a whole lot happier. It was easier to hold on to joy for longer periods of time. It felt great to lighten others’ moods with my positive attitude and optimism strategies. It opened my eyes to new solutions and ideas. I think it strengthened my relationships. My husband may not want to hear about the diet but he does like having a happy and optimistic wife. I think that my faith in God was even deepened as I leaned more on Him for assistance and searched for an appropriate verse of inspiration for each day. There are many more benefits, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind.
My negativity diet 30 day writing experiment was an impulsive yet wonderful experiment. While the daily articles have stopped and I’m no longer running my every thought through a filter to judge whether it’s positive or negative I am still working to be more positive and optimistic every day. I’m thinking of it as an optimistic lifestyle and I hope to enjoy learning and growing in optimism and positive thinking for the rest of my life. I hope that in some way I have encouraged you to be more optimistic too.
In closing, I wish you abundant joy, peace and positive thinking.