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Try and think back to a time when you had to carry something that was really heavy. We’ve all been there, so it probably won’t be that hard for you to come up with a moment. Now that you have that memory in your mind, try and put yourself back there. How does carrying that load feel? Do you feel your aching and wobbling arms? Do you hear your mind begging you to give your body some relief? It really doesn’t matter what kind of item you were carrying in that memory because carrying a heavy load is never pleasant.

And the load becomes more and more unpleasant the longer you have to carry it around. If you have to carry something heavy for a few seconds, then your pain is brief. You may even think that you can carry it for a longer amount of time without any problem. However, when the amount of time that you’re carrying the load increases from seconds to minutes, you all of a sudden become more aware of just how unpleasant carrying that load can actually be. And by the time you increase the time from minutes to hours, you realize just how burdensome that extra weight actually is. When you hit the hour mark you may start to search your mind for a memory of a time when you didn’t have the extra weight, but, try as you might, you can’t find that memory because all that you can focus on at the moment is how much pain your burden is causing you. You want to get rid of the weight. You want to feel like it feels to not have that extra load in your hands, and so you finally decide to do something about it. In order for you to get rid of that pain, you make the decision to let go of the weight. And the second you put it down, you can feel an instantaneous chorus of thanks from your body. Your body no longer feels heavy and weighed down because you’ve let go of your load. And at first you may still feel some of the pain that was left over from your heavy load, but soon enough your arms start to gain feeling back again and next thing you know you’re back to feeling normal again!

You don’t just have to let go of physical weights when they become too heavy for you to carry positive thinker. You have the ability to let go of those burdens that plague your mind and your soul as well. These burdens may not be physical, but they can have just as much of toll on your body as a physical weight can have. Walking around with resentment, regret, envy, hatred, and any of thousands of other mental burdens can cause you to feel weighed down just like the physical weights can. And just like with the physical weights, you may start out thinking that you can handle it. You may think that it’s not too bad holding on to all of that resentment. You may think that you can do it for a long time without it having a major effect on your body, but, just like with those physical loads, if you carry along a mental burden for too long you can start to experience some major pain. After one year you may be fine, but by the fifth year of holding on to your regret, you may actually start to feel it. And because you’re focusing too much of your energy on all of the extra weight that you’re holding on to, your mind and body cannot devote the time and energy to things that would be more beneficial to you than that pain would be. It can only focus on the pain of envy, so it can’t figure out a way to get you back to feeling like how you felt before you started holding on to that load. You get stuck feeling only that pain that comes along with hatred because you can’t just seem to let go of it.

Positive thinker, all you have to do is let go of that mental weight that you’re holding on to. It’s as simple as that. If you want to get back to feeling like you did before you picked up that extra weight then all you have to do is put down the weight. You can’t hold on to it and expect to feel just as light as you did before you held on to your extra load because carrying something extra is going to make you feel weighed down. So don’t give that mental weight that you are carrying the power to stop you from feeling light again. Let go of it! You deserve to feel free!

Remember, “It is necessary to let things go, simply for the reason that they are heavy.”

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Hello beautiful people!

Wally had one of those days again where he decided to just watch Youtube videos for hours on end. He found this video on Soul Pancake’s page that really touched his heart. The positivity that is in this video radiates through the screen and you just can’t help but smile.

Watching this video helped Wally realize that expressing your gratitude and appreciation for someone in your life not only lifts their spirits, but will lift yours as well.

He wants you all to attempt this exercise. If you’re in a dark place and want a little push towards the light then this exercise should do just that. .

Wally thinks that doing this is going to help improve your happiness and bring positivity into your mindset.

Go out and find the person who inspires you the most or has had a great impact on your life and tell the how much they mean to you. Wally is going to go find his too.

Happy Days and Stay Positive!

Click here to watch the video. You will not regret it 🙂

Wally was scrolling down his facebook timeline and found a very touching video for you all! It brought this huge smile across his face and he hopes it will bring a smile to you too. This video helps you to remember that even when you have nothing, you are still capable of happiness.  Click here to Enjoy!

As the year comes to a close, we are all thinking about resolutions and what we want to change in the new year.  One of ours here at Positivity Works! is to continue to encourage a healthy and optimistic view on life for both our readers and ourselves.  In that effort to bring us all into the new year with a smile, we have found a great video supporting wondrously positive ideas about kindness and it’s ability to improve happiness. The music is pretty cool too.  So why not take a look?  Maybe it can inspire you to spread the kindness, too!

  “The Life Vest Inside (click here to learn more about their mission) is a nonprofit organization that “works to cultivate the awareness that individuals can effect real and positive change in the people around them, simply by ‘living kindness:’ by embodying empathy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.”  Wowza!!!!  We heart this idea and their video. Enjoy!             

Sometimes I lay under the moon

And I thank God I’m breathin’

Then I pray don’t take me soon

‘Cause I am here for a reason

– Matisyahu, “One Day”

Disney…this is an oh so welcome addition to your greatness! ❤ The Walt Disney Company put together an awesome “It Gets Better” video in support of The Trevor Project (an anti-bullying campaign mentioned in a previous Positivity Works! blog, click here to view).  The video includes interviews with Disney Cast Members (aka employees) who have experienced bullying in their lives as a result of who they are and they even offer great advice about who to contact if you get to that point when you either “want to end it or break free [of the insecurities and trappings of feeling rejected, unwanted, unloved, etc]”. 

Check it out and  “Just remember…You are never alone.”

Need a little pick me up? Dunn dunh dunh dunnn…Wally has arrived to save the day! Back from his adventures in You Tube land, he has found a wonderful jewel of a video made by a young lady full of inspirational thoughts and a great message.  The star of our chosen Video Pick for Good Vibes writes simple but powerful words of understanding.   The message…Sure, life has its ups and downs and twists and turns and sometimes back-handed face slaps, but everybody hurts, you are not alone, and why not smile anyway? You’ve got nothing to lose.  And if you’re feeling up to it, spread the love too!

Thanks for the motivation! You have helped us to remember that positivity helps us get through the hard times. Enjoy, positive thinkers!

Today, I woke up thinking about the word, Precipice.   According to the World English Dictionary, Precipice means the steep sheer face of a cliff or crag or a precarious situation.  The definition has me envisioning myself standing right on the edge of said cliff, looking down into an abyss of precariousness.  That sounds scary, right?  I mean…what is down there?

In my musings, I’ve determined that what lies in that deep dark place is a decision that a person is fearful of making and the dark abyss is our own doubts making us wonder if we would survive the decision (the leap) and its resulting consequences.  A precipice is something that we encounter in our lives when we are making huge, life changing decisions such as deciding to change a job or become self-employed, or even when we are deciding whether or not we want to stay in our current relationships.  Those types of decisions have us in a complete tizzy because they have the power to change our whole lives, our whole routine, and it can be for the better or for the worse, if we will it so.

I think all people have these points in their lives where they feel they are at the precipice of something.  Something has them wanting to adjust an integral part of their lifestyles and they are standing at that cliff’s edge wondering if they would be strong enough to navigate the darkness and still land on their feet at the bottom if they took that leap.  To them, it can seem impossible and that hypothetical death seems certain.  They know something needs to change if they are unhappy and that’s how they got to that cliff’s edge in the first place but the fear traps them in their situation and often, that is just where their lives stagnate with minimal growth because they cowered from that edge.

But what if we had options? Instead of thinking of the leap causing pain with a broken and devastating collapse at the bottom of the dark abyss, what if we believed we could make it over and to the other side (even if we are a bit bloody and bruised when we landed?)  We, at Positivity Works!, feel that a person’s confidence and belief in themselves and their reselience is what gives our minds the super powers to fly over the doubt and fear.  Remember, this precipice is not literal.  It was created, developed, and made darker and scarier by our own minds, doubts, fears, and experiences.  We will make it through the decision we make no matter what (i.e. how hard it is, how stressful it is, how much it makes us cry), because we have trained our minds to be that strong.  It is the truth if we will it so. And if our truth is that nothing in that abyss can hurt us because we created it, then we will always win.  Just as whatever happens in life is just an occurence and if you believe you can get through it, you will.

Today, the word Precipice was on my mind because I  have a big decision to make.  But no matter what I decide, I know that I will survive because I know my mind is strong enough for the leap.  I will make it to the other side and so will you, just train your mind to believe it and will your body to get it done.

If you, positive thinker, are also at a precipice,  here  is some musical inspiration to help you with your own leap to the other side.  You’ve got this.

This world, in its most recent history, has seen multiple wars, multiple natural disasters and more than a few everyday stressors.  All incidents that can create so much stress and strife.  We don’t often speak, here at Positivity Works!, about the reasons why we need to be positive.  We most often just provide resources and information about how to attain and maintain your positivity.   However, the why can be important because the why is often the story that is hiding behind the fake smile on your face when you answer “Fine” after the 5th person  that day asks you “How are you?”  when you really feel the complete opposite.  In fact, you would probably love to confide in them and feel that they really hear you and care (and won’t spread your business).

And just imagine, if they did, if they were open to you and tolerant enough to give you the time and hear you.  How would you feel?  I’d imagine that there would be some feelings of positivity associated because the why was no longer lurking in your head but now out there for you to process, freeing you to think/feel other things. And, if you train your mind correctly, those thoughts would be positive in nature.

We here at Positivity Works! are of the opinion that we need to be positive because it builds our tolerance to pain and hurt.  It builds our tolerance to the reality of the multiple wars, disasters,  and grievances and helps us to go on living.   It even builds our tolerance to physical pains.  For example, convincing yourself that “you got this” in a middle of a torturous run can really be the thing to push you past the pain of the cramp in your side.  Positivity can also build your tolerance for others when you would like nothing better than to *&^BKJD!!! (insert *be really mean to them*).  Being able to turn away from them with a smile is much better than being arrested, don’t you think?

Words to think on…Be Tolerant.

“Though all society is founded on intolerance, all improvement is founded on tolerance.”  –George Bernard Shaw

                  “Intolerance is evidence of impotence.” –Aleister Crowley

    “Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.”              Mahatma Gandhi

 

A while back I was noticing this great trend of advertising that promoted positive lifestyle choices or keeping a positive outlook.  Most of that trend began when the world started to recognize economic strife and needed a little encouragement to get out and stimulate the sickly economy (i.e. convince consumers, with a big smile and a hug, to spend their hard-earned money on their products).

Regardless of the fact that the intent was to stimulate spending and not necessarily improve mental health, the sentiment and message was and still is, nice.  Because of that, we will continue to point out that type of advertising because they seem responsible and are meeting the needs of their public.  They are right.  Sometimes we do need a hug and a smile when we are going through  hardships, even when that hug and a smile is cloaking a hard sell.  And sometimes we just wanna buy stuff!  Hey, if it makes us happy… (but be responsible my fellow shop-a-holic sisters and brothers)

So, since I find the idea of what I call “happiness marketing” to be such a grand thing, I always notice it and think to share with all of you positive thinkers. I mean, what if you missed it? 😉

The most recent find has been these new Kaiser Permanente radio commercials.   They are just wonderful (as we gush, please note we here at Positivity Works! have no affiliation with any advertisers we mention. We just heart things sometimes).  The campaign focuses on well-being and are entitled “Thrive”.  Kaiser touts them as supporting the mind, body and spirit.  Each one spreads a positive message about mental and physical health in an engaging and educational way.

There is one about the healing and mood boosting powers of music and assigns you a “sonic prescription” for using music as self-care when you’re feeling down.  And the play therapist in me absolutely loves the one that tells you to “put the play back in your day” and how play (i.e. doing the things you love) can keep you young and healthy.

There is another about how happy people “tend to be happier” and they give us some statistics about it and great ideas too!  My favorite line…”Is it just me, or do happy people seem to get all the breaks?”  The ad seems to be making a point about self-fulfilling prophecies (mental health jargon) and the idea that if you believe that you can be happy and that things will go well for you, they will.  Love it.  (Did that blow your mind? Yes, we know.  Big thinking goes on here *insert smug smile*).

To check out the ads mentioned and get exposed to some great resources that benefit your overall health, click on the links below and check out the Kaiser Permanente Thrive website here.

Kaiser Ad – Thrive: Music Therapy

Kaiser Ad – Thrive: The Power of Play

Kaiser Ad – Thrive: Come on get Happy

Wally and the Positivity Works! team consulted and we thought it might be some time for a little music therapy.  What better way to inspire increased self-esteem and positivity than a song full of affirmations?  We couldn’t think of anything else either! =)

So browse on down below and check out a great rendition of the positive self-talk filled anthem, “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera.  It is sure to instill some so-good-it-seems-positively-indecent feelings of self-worth and acceptance if you really listen to the lyrics and believe in them.

This version of “Beautiful” is performed by The Columbus Children’s Choir in support of  The Trevor Project, a movement and program “focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts” amonst the LGBTQ community.  The song was chosen to help spread the message that life does get better (It Gets Better).  To learn more about The Trevor Project, click here.

The earnest faces, the motivating message and the excellently executed part where they even copy Ms. Aguilera’s vocal runs, are sure to give you a little positive boost today.   Enjoy, beautiful people!

And for a little extra oomph of positivity, here is the original music video.  It does get better and you are beautiful.  Can’t hurt getting all the reminders you can…Loving yourself is important.

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