It’s been a rough week, so I’d like to spread some positivity. In the past few years, I’ve realized that humans struggle with positivity more than a lot of things. I got sad when I started to really think about this.

It’s no secret that life is stressful. We go through hardships that seem boundless, and these are heightened when we dwell on the negative aspects of our circumstances.

I have problems with letting negative thoughts ruin my day, because there’s nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned pity party.

Nothing beneficial comes out of staying in a constant cycle of negativity. It doesn’t change the situation; it doesn’t help us grow and it definitely doesn’t benefit our mental health.

The only thing negativity does is give Satan access to bring us down even further.

Doesn’t this blog sound extremely negative, so far? It’s not very helpful, is it? Reading negativity can bring us down.

The good thing for you, my friends, is that being positive isn’t as difficult as we like to think.

Positivity starts with who we surround ourselves with. I’m very grateful to come from a line of encouragers.

If my Mama didn’t snap me out of a negative mindset every time I do poorly on a test, who knows what kind of GPA I would have right now.

If my roommate didn’t tell me to shut up every time I say something negative about my appearance, my Instagram wouldn’t look as sharp as it does today (lol).

There is so much negativity in this world, like to the point where I can’t get on Twitter for five minutes without seeing a super saddening tweet. Why do we add to this torture by beating ourselves down with harsh thoughts?

The reality of many situations is that we can’t change them. Earthly things happen for reasons that we may never understand. If we don’t stay positive in difficult times, our unlucky circumstances will consume us.

This is cheesy, like something you’d hear in elementary school, but anything is achievable with a positive mindset. Some days last semester I would get up for my 8 a.m. and want to moan and groan about having to be awake for class.

Instead, I would look at myself in the mirror and talk some (positive) sense into the sleep-deprived girl I saw.

We have to be better at talking to ourselves positively. The way we treat ourselves determines how everything else in our lives will go.

If we are negative, it comes out in everything. If we are positive, it comes out in everything. Which option would you rather go with?

Proverbs 17:22 reads that “a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve experienced going through parts of life with a crushed spirit. It’s not fun.

How about we help lift up our brothers and sisters (and ourselves) with a cheerful heart?

This mindset isn’t instant, and there will be days when being positive to anyone is the last thing we want. These are the days when positivity should triumph over everything.

We never know who we might impact with our words, so we might as well do so in a positive manor.

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