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Positivity Challenge Week 6: Checking In

We’re a month into our Positivity Challenge and I think this week is a good time to check in and see how everyone’s doing. One of the greatest things that happens when you are more mindful about positivity is that you find the positivity comes back to you. Call it karma, the three-fold return law, coincidence, whatever you like…it happens. I’d like to share a couple of ways it’s returned to me this month.

Image of Grafitti on a wall: a girl holds a watering can over some flowers, which are planted in front of the wall. The blue paint surrounds the flowers. A red recucle symbol reads "karma."
(Image: karma, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from dadanauta's photostream)

In relation to the story from the beginning of the Drive-By Compliments Challenge (which, I apologize for not replying to everyone’s comments on that one – a bad cold and subsequent sinus infection took me down that week), while I didn’t notice the cashier’s name, my husband did: Emily. Last week, as I stopped at the store on the way to work, I thought about Emily and hoped that I would see her to return a compliment soon. I didn’t see her that morning, but that afternoon, I got a text from my husband relating an interesting story. He was sitting in Starbucks doing some work and a girl asked if she could share the table. A shared British accent got them talking and my husband found out that she worked at the grocery store, and her name was Emily. “I’m sitting with your muse!” he texted me. He told her about the article and she was chuffed (to use a British phrase). Such a funny coincidence, but such a small act set a circle of happiness and positivity in motion. It made my day.

I’ve been sharing the Positivity Challenge with some of my co-workers at my day job since the beginning (Hi, co-workers!). A few weeks ago, my office got pulled in to help with a large project. There was all sorts of data that had to be compiled from different sources and put into lots of tables in various different ways, spanning ten years. We weren’t at all familiar with the data we were processing and the scope of our help changed a few times along the way. We had to pretty much delay the rest of our work for three days to tackle the project when we had the next bit of info. It was a little stressful, mostly because we weren’t in control of when we would get the information we needed. By the time we were finished, we were a little deliriously giddy, to be honest. Throughout the process, I did my best to keep positive, reminding my co-workers that we could only do the best we could do and that we would get all the info eventually and get it done. At the end of the second day, my boss and another coworker remarked that they definitely thought that my positive influence helped keep them from letting themselves get too stressed at the situation. While the first reward of all this positivity is not letting myself get stressed out at things beyond my control, it was really nice to hear my boss say that I was affecting her positively, too. There are definitely worse things you can be thought of in an office than “The Positive Girl.”

This Week’s Challenge

Check in and let me know how you feel you’ve been doing with your Positivity Challenge. Have you noticed that it’s becoming more of an unconscious thing and less of an effort? Have you seen your positivity coming back to you in small ways? This is also a great time to let me know if there are any specific problems or challenges you want me to tackle in upcoming challenges.

This Week’s Mantra

I know you’ve heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating: Be the change you wish to see in the world. If you’re wondering why I’m not attributing that quote to Gandhi, it’s because he never said it. Speaking of Gandhi, though, the talented Francesca Ramos has made her beautifully designed poster of Gandhi’s 10 Fundamental Rules available for free download.Mantra for February 15th: A blue sky with a bright pink flower and the text "Be the change you wish to see in the world." If you want a reminder of your mantra for the next week, feel free to click the image above to download a wallpaper-sized version. Special thanks to Poppy Thomas-Hill for her amazing free stock photos, available under a Creative Commons license.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or mental health expert, and there are problems that positivity cannot overcome, so please do not take this advice in lieu of a doctor’s care.

Not all challenges will be relevant to everyone, so I welcome you to come and go as you please and take from each challenge what works for you! Please make sure to share your thoughts in the comments!

By Crystal Coleman

Florida girl living on the west coast. During the day, I consult in social media and community management. I have a really cute puppy (Elphaba) and a British husband (I keep him for his accent) as well as an unhealthy relationship with parentheses.

5 replies on “Positivity Challenge Week 6: Checking In”

Wonderful thoughts for the week.  It is absolutely amazing how positivity affects others around us, and how that positivity from them also affects us.  It gives real worth to the idea of forcing positivity and gratitude when we least feel it: ultimately the forced feelings will bounce back at us and help create real ones!

Great poster, too, and thanks for the link to Poppy Thomas-Hill’s work.  I definitely plan on using it for my own motivational affirmation projects. :)

It makes total sense, @malyshka. Any amount of positivity you can bring into your life is worth the effort. You may not always be up tot he challenges, but I hope they stay in the back of your mind for when they’re more applicable/you’re in a better position to tackle them. If that makes sense.

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