It's hard to shake it when a negative spiral heads your way, but if you identify it early, it can mean the difference between whether you smile today or not. And we all know how good it is to smile.
I have the most amazing circle of friends and largely they are a positive bunch, but as is human nature, things don't always go to plan. In fact, not only do they not go to plan, they come down in 3's so if you are on your 2nd, then you know that the 3rd one isn't too far away. The first time you hear about their woes, you are sympathetic. The second, you listen but by the third, its almost time to move it on. You know the 3rd is coming, so be brave, and take it on. Then look around and answer it with kindness and understanding.
If you are having a bad day, then let's not make it worse. Let's look on the bright side of life. It's a new financial year tomorrow, a new beginning for many and a way we can all start afresh.
If you are an entrepreneur like me - I have been frantically working this week and there has not been enough hours in the day. Clients however, have been amazing. I really have the best clients any marketing company can hope to have. They are all real. They work hard and have mostly had enough experiences as entrepreneurs to shed some light on what they are doing and to be open to new and exciting ways to market their businesses.
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade", as the saying goes.
Some tips to get some positive vibes going on;
1. Think about a funny story. The last time you laughed so much you cried. I am sure this will make you smile.
2. Practice turning negative thoughts into positive ones. Focus on the positive, not the negative.
3. Meditate - if all else fails, clearing your mind will do wonders.
4. Slow down your responses and think of other ways to handle situations that is 'softer' and 'more compassionate' - not a reaction to you having a bad day.
5. Have a glass of wine with friends! Your friends might make you laugh with their stories (however, if they are having a bad day - steer away!!! Two people having bad days is disaster!)
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Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.
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Loved the tips Mel. I shall be using some of those myself!
Just to be controversial... On the flip side, sceintists have observed strong corrleation between pessimistic outlooks/negaitve thinking and some good things as well: researchers discovered that negative people communicate better, think more clearly, make fewer mistakes, are less gullible, and are better at decision-making. The reason? Negative people have enhanced “information-processing strategies”, which means they use the critical part of their brain more successfully than cheerful people.
(Check out http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/blogs/work-in-progress/the-benefits-of-negative-thinking-20101217-18zsv.html or http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/mental_health/article6716622.ece?token=null&offset=48&page=5 for evidence)
But as we all know, happy people are more fun to be around and generally enjoy better health (positive thinking results in less stress etc)!
Great observation. I don't know if its the end of the financial year or being in the midst of a bitterly cold winter but people seem glum. A great and such an easy way to stand out from the crowd is to simply have a smile on your face.
Spot on. I have also noticed a heap of negativity lately. Always good to be reminded of the lighter and often more important things in life. A smile can go a long way to making a lasting impression on someone.
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