So here we are in the final stretch of the semester, and as spring arrives so does the chirping of the negative chimes. Everywhere I go it seems students are seen hiding in library cubbies, drinking large amounts of Starbucks coffee with their heads buried down as they type furiously away on their laptops. It’s that time of year again, where the work is piled high like Mount Everest and it seems that no matter how high you hike, the mountain never gets any smaller. So I decided to take each negative phrase I heard and turn it into a positive thought. I’m challenging you all to take off the negative lens and see another outlook.
Negative:I can’t believe I only have about two weeks left; I’m never going to have enough time to get everything done before I graduate.
Positive:I can’t believe I only have two weeks left, but I know I’m going to spend the time with my friends, going on fun adventures, plaza dates and even study groups in the library.
Negative: Oh my, there is so much pollen all over campus, make it go away!
Positive: Oh my there is so much pollen all over campus but at least its nice and warm out so I can get sit on the great lawn with friends.
Negative:If I am assigned one more paper, my procrastination is going to kill me.
Positive: If I’m assigned one more paper, I may become the queen of procrastination and should win an award for getting all those assignments done.
Negative: Eating all this food from the dinning hall is making me fat.
Positive: Eating all this food from the dining hall is encouraging me to go to the gym.
These are just a few of the ways to turn a negative thought into a positive one. I know it’s hard with all the finals and the beach so close, but you can push through. A lot of our negativity stems from perspective and a change in perspective can really affect one’s mood and overall demeanor. Most times if your outlook on something is happy, then that will reflect onto others. Your smile and positive reinforcement could turn someone’s day around, always remember that. If you have any thoughts you want turned into a positive please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to bring some positivity your way! Just remember each storm will pass, and on your cloudiest of days remember to let the sunshine in.