Every time I read the news, I shudder at the atrocities I read about. I sometimes wonder if we ever be able to escape from this polarity between good and evil. In my scope of being a human I can honestly admit I don’t know if that is true or not. In my idealist mind, however, I do envision a world of peace, love, freedom, and happiness. Although my vision may never come into fruition, I still do believe that each of us has a responsibility to help elevate the consciousness of the Earth. That’s why I truly believe that for those of us who are able, we must cultivate positivity and share it with the world with those who need it.
People who are suffering in life often times have been through extremely damaging experiences that have left them in various shades of negativity. So when I come across people with an unpleasant demeanor, I try to radiate a beacon of light to them, because usually these people are suffering the most. I only hope that somewhere inside of them, I touch their hearts and give them a glimmer of happiness—even if that is just for a fleeting moment.
I’ve been criticized for my thinking before, and I am aware that my mentality can be seen as naïve by some people; however, I don’t let the negativity of others keep me down for long. Now, that definitely doesn’t mean I walk around every day of my life with a smile on my face, preaching peace and love to everyone I meet. I have awful days (just like everyone else) which can periodically leave me feeling like there is no hope in the world or humanity. But, over the past few years I’ve really begun trying to catch myself spinning into a bad mood so I can quickly get out of it. For me, practicing mindful breathing is helpful in those situations. I’ve written a post about that which you can read about here..
Now, there is something I must tell you, which I’m sure you already know—our moods are contagious. That’s why it’s so important that we spread positivity rather than negativity. Just think for a moment what happens when you enter a room full of really happy people. Or vice versa when you enter a room full of negative people. It’s an interesting phenomenon called emotional contagion, and really shows that our emotions and moods can, in fact, affect others. There are tons of psychologists who study it, and it’s totally interesting stuff, so I definitely suggest reading more about it if you are interested.
In my opinion, it usually isn’t difficult to share our positivity with the world when we are in a good mood. When I’m having a great day I have no problem running around smiling at strangers, holding the door open for them, and doing other kind deeds. Smiles are contagious, and these days I think we need to spread as much positivity as we can, so I encourage you to do the same.
On the flip side, when we are having bad days we have to be careful to not spread negativity to those we meet. When I was younger I used to let my moods affect other people. If I was unhappy or upset about something, I let that uneasiness inside myself permeate to the people around me. As I got older I started to notice my behavior and I started working on changing them. Just because I’m having a bad day doesn’t mean I should allow others to suffer because of it. Those emotions we should reserve for ourselves but it doesn’t mean we have the right to let it cause a snowball of negativity towards others. So, that’s just my warning to be mindful on days like that. Don’t let your bad mood directly impact other people.
Every day I try to remind myself that everyone is suffering on a different level. It’s our choice if we increase or decrease that suffering of others. Just try to remember that we can change our minds, our relationships, and the world. That change begins with one positive step at a time. The benefits of positive thinking can create small changes that will change our world.