If you are like me, you are still writing 2018 on everything, but—here we are: 2019. Lots of people like to write down new year resolutions, but January is also a good time to reflect on 2018 and set a good attitude for 2019. We all like to ask ourselves, how can we be better or at least, less stressed and more happy. Here are three things to consider:
- Be Kind. Nothing bad ever came from kindness. While standing in a ten person line waiting to do a Christmas exchange, you are going to hear a lot of grumbling. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, try being kind. Tell the tired looking lady in front of you that you like her nails. Most likely, she will light up from your praise and start a conversation on where she goes or how she chose her color. Your time waiting will go more quickly and you have brightened someone else’s day. This is all much better than the alternative—complaining and grumbling until you feel even worse than before.
- Be More Present. We all make jokes about how cellphones have taken over our lives. Try putting your phone away at meals and when having conversations when friends. You will be surprised at how much better you will listen and learn when you aren’t distracted by every beep and buzz. Try taking a walk or run without it, and you will be better able to notice your surroundings and the beauty in nature. Gather up your friends and family for a boardgame or puzzle instead of a Netflix marathon—you will be surprised at how much you will laugh and enjoy others.
- Be Positive. Research shows that merely by forcing yourself to laugh and smile, you will elevate your mood. Try wearing a rubber band or hair tie around your wrist and flick it every time you find yourself voicing or thinking negative thoughts. Let this action be a reminder to change your attitude to one of positivity. We know the power of positive thinking but sometime have a hard time wading through our own negative thoughts. Make this the year that you subtly change your reactions so that you become more positive.
We here at Mitcham Group wish you a very kind, present and positive 2019!