An exercise in positivity: The Daily Survival Kit

Ever wanted a handy tool kit that would help you to get through a particularly stressful day? If so, you might be in luck! I came across a great exercise that I wanted to share called The Daily Survival Kit.

Test your positivity ratio!

The Positivity Ratio Self Test (Wanna try it? Click here) that may help us to continue to be self-aware about how much we are really thinking positive, as opposed to how much we would like to say we are thinking positive. Once you answer the brief questionnaire, you will be given a positivity ratio score and explanation of what your score means. Because your emotions change daily, Dr. Fredrickson recommends that you take the test in the evening for at least two weeks (I would say use it whenever you feel that you need to). To help you in that effort, she created a free website that you can log your data. If you are interested, you can open your own positivity monitoring confidential account by clicking here.

Affirmations: another tool for positivity

Affirmations are helpful in the quest for positivity because the first person you have to convince about your greatness is you. Some exampes of heathy and motivating affirmations are: “Today is the first day of the rest of my life”, “I can do anything I put my mind to”, “I love myself” and “I deserve to be treated well”. One of the best, and most common, ways to use those types of affirmations are to write them (boldly!) on post-its and put it where you can read them daily like the bathroom mirror or your refrigerator. Another option might be to create an affirmation journal to read before you go to bed. Affirmations are realy useful to give you a nice boost when you need one.

Show your smile!

The video is entitled, “Show your smile” and created by a YouTuber named Daniel Wagner. Mr. Wagner asked fellow YouTubers to share their smiles with him. 280 people responded and he then composed a lovely video showcasing those smiles set to music (“Sunray Smile” by Amber Van Fleet).

Dream Big. And write about it.

Utilizing a dream journal can be a great way to harness the tool of dreams and try to keep a little bit of those “messages” that are said to disappear from your memory within 10 minutes of waking. It is also a way to train yourself to recognize the trends and common threads that keep popping up in your unconscious. Knowing what is bothering you is half the battle in maintaining your mental health.

Words to think on…Don’t quit!

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Celebrating the imperfection…

Check out the video below. And if it (or another of Wally’s picks) inspires or motivates you in some way, make an effort to use that positive energy while it is there. Don’t waste it! Use it to move and take action towards your dreams and goals. And in honor of Wally’s current video pick for good vibes, ask yourself, am I recognizing the beauty of my own imperfections?