Newsletter #6 – Positivity through uncertainty

Note: today’s topic touches on the current COVID-19 pandemic.  While this has not directly impacted my own family’s life I know it has impacted many other families and individuals.  I write this post as the spouse of a medical professional and father of a family of 3 young children.  I do not trivialize what others are going through.  My hope is to share a light to others who are in darkness / uncertainty to find their way through this time.

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Positivity through uncertainty

During times of crisis like this COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic there are many ways to react to our current situation.  Some people fall into despair while others step up to become leaders and survivors.  While it may feel like we have no control over how we react we can actually influence ourselves in certain ways.

Awhile back on Twitter a friend shared  found an interesting article about Science Proves That Gratitude Is Key to Well-Being.  The article describes how gratitude is linked to happiness and well-being.

“A 2003 study compared the well-being of participants who kept a weekly list of things they were grateful for to participants who kept a list of things that irritated them or neutral things. The researchers showed that the gratitude-focused participants exhibited increased well-being and they concluded that “a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.”

I’ve written about How I Do A Personal Monthly Retrospective.  No matter how good or bad my week or month has been, I find that I am in a much better state of mind after I do my retrospectives.  Much of that has to do with the fact that every single time (and I’ve gone back to verify) I write down more positives than negatives.  Over time this focus on the positives will lead you be more positive in general and others will also start to notice.

While this current time of COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, and uncertainty in our daily lives can be difficult, try to focus on the positives in your life.  Daily or weekly write down at least 1-2 things that are going well in your life or the lives of others around you.  We will get through this and being in a positive state of mind will help.

What things are you thankful for?  I honestly would like to hear back from you in reply or comments.

P.S. I’m thankful I celebrated my birthday this morning with my wife and kids at home and virtually with my family through video chat later tonight.

-Frog Out

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