This week, a lot of schools are coming back from break, including mine. It’s exciting to start a new semester and new classes, but it can very quickly become stressful. For me, that stress then makes it a lot harder for me to write, because all I think about is how much my classes are killing me.
Luckily, it’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for this week’s exercise from Just One Thing. Hopefully, this will help me start the semester on a positive note.
Chapter Two: Take in the Good
Our brains have a habit of being really negative. We react faster to negative stimulus than to positive and we dwell more on the negative. We concentrate on pain instead of pleasure. How many of you go to bed at night thinking of all the things you did wrong that day? I know I do. More often than not, I have to play music just to drown out those nagging negative thoughts in my brain.
Today, Just One Thing tells us that we should take some time to think about the positive things happening. Maybe it’s finishing a story or an assignment, or hanging out with a friend, or just hearing a funny joke. Maybe it’s seeing the positive things that other people do, the stories that warm your heart. As Just One Thing says, “You are not looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, but simply recognizing something that is actual and true.”
Look for these good experiences. Let yourself really enjoy them. Don’t just smile and move on. Sit back. Let it sink in, let this one piece of positivity really get to you and be part of you. Try to make it matter as much to you as any stupid little embarrassment does.
I have a good experience to share with you today. I got an anonymous ask on Tumblr. They wanted my opinion on people talking about parts of their bodies as “problem areas”, because the anon thought that was harmful, and should they discourage a friend from thinking that way? I completely agreed. There are loads of reasons why seeing parts of your body as bad and problematic is, well, problematic. And this is the second question I’ve gotten from an anon this week on topics related to body positivity and confidence. There are people out there who see me as someone with a lot of confidence and opinions on body positivity, someone that can help them. That is so incredibly amazing to me. If there is just one person out there that I’m helping through all of my rants on fat and body positivity, then, wow. Wow. That’s a good thing that’s going to stick with me.
So, come on. What sort of good things have been in your life lately? What’s been making you happy?