Combat Negativity, Promote Positivity, Find Happiness

Positivity and Professionalism

Negativity – the quality or state of being negative

Positivity – The quality or state of being positive; actualness; certainty; confidence; peremptoriness; dogmatism

Happiness – An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended with enjoyment

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

Negativity is all around us.  It is an unfortunate inevitable component of society.

Negativity is as much a part of our world as the air we breathe or the water we drink.

Negativity occupies the side opposite to positivity on the proverbial attitude coin.

Though negativity is not a tangible item, it sometimes feels as though we could slice negative tension with a cleaver.

Negative minded people and external circumstances are often to blame for the spread of negativity.  However, there is not always a finger to point or blame to place for the presence of negative energy.

Negativity is an aggressive, fact-acting emotion which buries itself in one’s subconscious.  Negativity will often work its way through one’s surface and into his or her core without the person even realizing.

One’s goal should never be to avoid negative thinking altogether.  Such an impossible goal would cause stress to mount and guilt to ensue.

Instead, at the onset of negativity, one’s goal should be to productively manage and overcome such thoughts.  When negative thoughts seep into one’s subconscious, he or she can practice positive thinking as a combatant.

The secret to happiness doesn’t lie in an unrealistic plan of eliminating personal imperfections and avoiding any possible wandering negative thought.  Happiness is achieved via a three-step process which requires practice and determination before becoming habit.

  1. We must recognize and acknowledge negativity as it begins its aggressive attempt to take us over.
  2. From there, we must search for, find, and focus on all positive aspects of a negative situation.  There are ALWAYS positive components of even the most unfortunate situations.
  3. Once we’ve focused on the existing positive aspects, we must ultimately use the negative energy to create a silver lining.

The energy is already there.  We’re just using a practiced thought process to convert the energy from negative to positive.  We are simply turning over the proverbial attitude coin.

“If you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.”
-Bradley Cooper as Pat Solatano, Silver Linings Playbook