I will be the first to admit that sometimes it takes a concerted effort to choose to maintain a positive attitude in the face of difficult circumstances. And by difficult circumstances I mean the day-to-day things that detract from your happiness like an unsatisfying relationship, disliking your job, or other things that slowly suck up your awesomeness. This is where you come in.
I am going to share a few of my favorite ways to insert "Positude" into my day, but your job is to post a comment of some other suggestions. We can all learn a few tips, I think.
- Hide rubber chickens: I like to leave small, funny treasures in my pockets, as well as hide them for other people, and my usual object of choice is of course a miniature rubber chicken. Nothing bad can ever come from someone finding a bizarre small chicken in their belongings. Except for when I chickened my husband's Chex Mix, that was a regrettable decision. I currently have a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur in my purse for my own amusement.
- Soundtrack your life: I just imagine that I am in a movie that I don't even know about, like "The Truman Show," and I decide what song would be playing now as part of the movie soundtrack. When I am driving to work, I imagine a soundtrack like the opening part of "Office Space," or when I am starting my workout, the obvious choice is "Right Now" by Van Halen.
- Relish in the details: Even if it is the worst day ever, I can still enjoy a really-nice polka dot lining in my purse that only I can see, or the best stacked pile of apples at Whole Foods I have ever seen. For a good lesson on how to do this, watch the movie Amelie. And then I try and remind myself that there are worse things in life than my stupid, shitty day. Like, for instance, the zombie apocalypse.