GOOD MORNING MONDAY –
AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning – It is Monday 😊 How was your weekend? Fall officially began on Saturday; such a great time of the year. Reflection the weekend. Did you have any positive experiences? I am sure you did. Take a moment to write down one of the positive experiences you had this weekend. How did you feel when you were doing this? Did it put a smile on your face? Taking time each day to write about one positive experience you had, allows your brain to relive it. By doing this, you begin to train your brain to “look for the positive” in life. Try this daily. It will really “pump up your positive perspective” and provide you a more optimistic mindset. This simple practice will make a difference in how you experience your life!
HUMAN-KIND (BE BOTH) 😊
Kindness is a simple concept, yet it can be so very impactful. Striving for connections with each other and caring for each other is part of our human instinct. Our psyches need affirmative human connection in the same way that our bodies need wholesome food and air to breathe. Practicing acts of kindness, not only improves the lives of others, but it also improves your health, wellbeing and quality of your life. Moments of uplifting positive emotions function like nutrients for your creativity, growth and health.
Have you ever stopped and paid attention to how kindness impacts your life? When someone does something unexpectedly kind for you, how does it make you feel? Does it transform your outlook for the day? I bet it does. In fact, many times it prompts us to “pay it forward”. Bob Kerry said, “unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent in human change.” Such a profound statement! Something that can be the easiest thing in the world to execute, taking, many times, very little time or effort; can transform a human being’s day, week, or even life!
Remember the “starfish story?”
The Starfish Story
An old man walked across the beach until he came across a young boy throwing something into the breaking waves. Upon closer inspection, the old man could see that the boy was tossing stranded starfish from the sandy beach, back into the ocean.
“What are you doing, young man?” He asked. “If the starfish are still on the beach when the sun rises, they will die,” the boy answered.
“That is ridiculous. There are thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish. It doesn’t matter how many you throw in; you can’t make a difference.”
“It matters to this one,” the boy said as he threw another starfish into the waves. “And it matters to this one.”
Just like in the starfish story, every act of kindness matters to the person receiving it and has significant impact for the person giving it! Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you did; they will forget what you said; but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that can spread from person to person with no end in sight. It is truly contagious! Benevolence also has a critical place in today’s competitive world. The business world is standing up and taking notice of the virtues of kindness and the impact it has for their success. It is a win/win!
Researchers have shown that if you perform random acts of kindness for just two minutes a day for 21 days you can retrain your brain to be more positive. When your brain is operating in a more “positive” way, you are more likely to be more creative, productive and intelligent. So, are you interested in making this shift for yourself?
There are many ways to practice kindness:
Opening your eyes and being active when you see someone in need. Do you notice when people could use a helping hand? A sense of community is created when people are kind to those who need help.
Opening your eyes and noticing when others are suffering. A kind word, a smile, opening a door, helping someone carry a heavy load all can be acts of kindness.
Celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, sending an email thanking someone, telling someone how special they are to you, helping an elderly neighbor with yard work or food, refusing to gossip, donating clothes or things you no longer need are all acts of kindness.
Kindness also includes being kind to yourself. Do you treat yourself kindly? Do you speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself?
You can see that performing acts of kindness can be very simple and many times there are opportunities right before your very eyes 😊 Kindness is a practice; not a project. Kindness becomes a way of life. There is no endpoint. Strive to develop a growing awareness of how you feel when you practice kindness and how you feel when you don’t. If you miss an opportunity – no worries; just simply invite yourself to begin again! You can cultivate kindness and make it a way of life.
What will you do this week to practice kindness with those closest to you and those who you may not know? Challenge yourself! It WILL make a positive difference in your life.
Have a GREAT week. Take Care. 😊