College. Coworkers. Family. Friends. Homework. Housework; it never ends! What’s the common denominator in this riddle?
Did you guess, “Things I complain about?” Would you have ever guessed, “Things I am thankful for?” If not, ask yourself, “Why not?”
The reality is we live in a fast-paced world; often a way-too-fast-paced world. It can get to the best of us, and if we let it, it can suck the joy out of each and every day. What this does to us is much more than just putting a frown on our face.
Studies tout the health benefits of positive thinking. From better stress management to a longer life span, you should take the power of positive thinking seriously. And if you have a “glass half empty” attitude, cheer up! You can actually learn to become a more positive person.
How can you do that? Meditation, exercise or surrounding yourself with positive people might be a few ideas that come to mind. What about writing? Would you ever consider writing as a way to make your glass half full again?
One study found that students who wrote about positive experiences had better mood levels, fewer visits to the health center and experienced fewer illnesses. Did you hear that PR students: that weekly blogging assignment can actually put you in a better mood and keep you healthier. You can thank me later!
I also want to point out that keeping your writing positive is not only good for your health, it is also good for your career, which in turn, is probably good for your health! You may not think complaining about college, coworkers, family, friends, homework or housework is a big deal, but consider it from the employer’s viewpoint. If you are constantly complaining on social media, what employer is going to say, “Yes! That’s the type of person I want working for our company!” It doesn’t take posting a drunken handstand picture to cost you a job; just being a negative person who complains a lot is enough to raise a red flag to a prospective employer.
When you are blogging, posting or tweeting, think about the image you are portraying. Are you a problem solver or part of the problem? Does a busy day with a long to-do list stress you out, or do you tackle that list with enthusiasm? Do you display a sense of professionalism in the way you handle customers at your job or peers you are working with on a group project at school?
How would you describe your digital footprint? If you are leaving a dirty trail, then now is the time to clean up your digital dirt.
Pull up a chair and let’s talk.