Begin with positive thoughts to feel better

Begin with positive thoughts to feel better

Begin with positive thoughts and there’s a good chance you’ll “feel” better! Since you have control over both your thoughts and feelings, maybe try an experiment.

Want to feel better? Begin with positive thoughts!

Hurricane gust. Gentle breeze. How do you “feel”? Our feelings often shift according to the emotional “winds” in our life. Take control.

What if we first use our thoughts to frame and process our feelings?

Thoughts have great power and we’re the only ones who control them. Could we “feel” better by first inputting a positive thought?

(I think we could.)

To begin with positive thoughts, try these:

  • My world is filled with possibilities because I’m unique.
  • I’m thankful for _________, _________, _________.
  • Today will be a good day because I’m loved and respected.
  • I’m capable of so much. I just need to do it.
  • Every challenge today will help me grow.
  • I can make a difference in life just by smiling at others.
  • In every situation, there’s something to learn.
  • A person who can do “that” (something you’ve achieved) can handle today’s stuff.

What positive thoughts do you begin with to “feel” better?

Have you ever experienced this? Leave a comment – share your positive thought!

Begin with positive thoughts. Positive thoughts create positive feelings.

Want to see positive thoughts every day? Download and make a Positivity Garland!

Make a Positivity Garland - use the prompts, some string, and flowers.

Or meditate on this Scripture verse – write it out in your journal and respond to each of the eight points, one per day: What’s true in my life right now? What’s lovely in my life right now? etc.

… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4:8


Tomorrow holds promise – be thankful today.

Tomorrow holds promise – be thankful today.

Tomorrow holds promise.

Positivity is knowing there are still good days to come even when today is not good.

Hang on.

It’ll get better.

What can you be thankful for in this moment?

Write it down.

(Yes, I’m talking to you – pick up your pen… it’ll just take a moment… but the benefit will last all day. Come on, now… )

Notice the good stuff today, give thanks and look forward.

Tomorrow holds promise.

Tomorrow holds promise. Positivity is knowing there are still good days to come even when today is not good

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Jeremiah 29:11

Need more ideas to be thankful? Click here to read this post.

Learn to Laugh At Yourself – It’s a sign of maturity!

Learn to Laugh At Yourself – It’s a sign of maturity!

Learn to laugh at yourself – it’s a sign of maturity!

I found a fun quote from Ethel Barrymore, a great-great aunt of Drew Barrymore. She was an actor from 1895 to 1957 and part of a family who made their life on the stage. She said,

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.”

~ Ethel Barrymore

When did you first learn to laugh at yourself?

I’m guessing that learning to laugh at yourself isn’t a one-time event. I think we grow into the ability.

Eventually, we all learn that nobody is really looking at us, even if we think they are. And that we’re not all that important, and the actions we take (on the whole) may or may not be wise and won’t usually make everyone happy or unhappy.

None of us are that important or famous that we shouldn’t be able to see our faults or mistakes and laugh along with others. No one is perfect. Not even us!

What makes you most often laugh about yourself?

Learn to laugh at yourself - You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself. — Ethel Barrymore

I laugh at my own “boring-ness”. I find it easy to put children to sleep (especially the grandboy) because I’m not very exciting. And I laugh when people notice how often Grow through - love, learn, and laugh as you grow through life's challenges.I say, “I’m sorry”.  It’s a Canadian thing.


Need some help to grow into laughter? Read this.


Have you ever seen Ethel Barrymore? Here’s a compilation of some of her stage/movie roles – she began acting at 14 after her mother died of tuberculosis and her career spanned 60 years. Her parents were actors, and her brothers were John and Lionel Barrymore. Today her family is represented by Drew Barrymore.

Below you can watch a video with Ethel Barrymore in 1952 on “What’s My Line?” a TV show that had guests guessing the identity and profession of individuals. I cued the video to begin when she came on the episode at minute 16:45, but you might find it fun to watch the whole episode! If you can’t see the YouTube video below, click HERE to go directly to YouTube.

Pain and the Love of God

Pain and the Love of God

It’s not as though we won’t experience pain just because we’re optimistic people… every person on this planet will suffer in some way, at some time. This hurt that could be physical, mental or spiritual will afflict all of us.

It’s not going to be possible to be cheery all the time. How can an optimistic person deal with these afflictions that cause an ache?

You can treat pain with the love of God.

C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Problem of Pain“, explores the question, “If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?”.  I’ve underlined a great number of phrases as I’ve read the book, and the quote below is especially poignant for me:

“When pain is to be born,
a little courage
helps more than much knowledge,
a little human sympathy
more than much courage, 
and the least tincture of the love of God
more than all.”

So, to paraphrase C.S. Lewis — just a little bit of the Love of God when dealing with pain is more effective than anything else.

Where do you go to feel the Love of God?

I can feel God’s love in many ways – including

  • reading His Word,
  • pondering and praying in solitude,
  • when I listen to praise and worship music,
  • hearing the Word from the altar at church,
  • when receiving communion – the body and blood of Jesus and hearing the absolution,
  • when I pray with Rob, and with friends,
  • and when I honestly force myself to list all the blessings God has provided for me. Being thankful helps me feel God’s Love.

How about you – where do you feel the Love of God?

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice!

Strive for full restoration,

encourage one another,

be of one mind,

live in peace. 

And the God of love and peace will be with you.

~ 2Corinthians 13:11 NIV

We're all going to need to handle pain - CS Lewis has a valuable idea on how.

Want more about love? Read this post or  Read this post. 

Anger is one letter short of danger.

Anger is one letter short of danger.

“A gentle answer turns anger away.
But mean words stir up anger.”

Proverbs 15:1 NIVR

Ever tempted to respond in anger?

I found this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:

Anger is one letter short of danger.

Wow, that is so true, huh? I’ve gotten myself into danger when I responding with anger. Nothing I wanted to accomplish happened.

Kindness. Gentleness. Try them instead of anger. 

(Need some ideas on kindness? – Read this!)

Anger is one letter short of danger - Eleanor Roosevelt quote - - Be kind and gentle instead.

Plant Kindness

Plant Kindness

Plant kindness. What grows from being kind to others is beautiful and nourishing.

Kind or Critical?

In case you were wondering, criticism is not kind. Criticism is like a poisonous weed.

I’m imagining criticism – that deliberate judgment of others – is like hogweed. Hogweed’s sap burns and scars.

If you try and mow or weed-whack a hogweed plant, it’ll just send up new growth. Isn’t that exactly like being judgmental? Start criticizing one action or aspect of a person’s character, and you’ll quickly find other points to criticize…  And hogweed might appear to be Queen Anne’s Lace or Angelica, just like criticism can be disguised as helpful advice, but it’s not. Get involved in criticism and it’ll burn. And scar. You.

Criticism is a weed. Plant some flowers of kindness. PositiveThanksLivingPlant a Garden of Kindness

Now, imagine a garden filled with beautiful flowers, fruit, and vegetables. It’s nourishing for the soul and body.

That’s just like kindness – when we watch others be kind, isn’t it a joy to behold? When we, ourselves, are beneficiaries of a kindness, isn’t it nourishing to every part of our life? And, when we are the authors of an act of kindness, isn’t it something we rejoice over with the other person?

Make this a day to sow seeds of kindness.

(Toss those critical thoughts/words on the burn pile!)

If you need some ideas on how to be kind read this – 25 Ideas – How to be kind for no reason.

How will you be kind today?

Come on back tomorrow for more benefits that flow from positivity!

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Today Is My Everything

Today Is My Everything

Today Is My Everything. (Notice the first letter in each word of that sentence creates an acronym.)  Use TIME wisely today to make an impact on all your tomorrows.

We can’t change the past. Though we can prepare for the future, today is the only resource we have. 24 hours, 1440 minutes.

One moment after another and the day passes.

Are you pursuing a goal? Think you don’t have enough time to make it work?

Chances are you have a few extra moments to create a small dent in that goal. Close the Facebook App, turn off the TV, and if you’re like me, put down the book and/or Kindle.

What one thing will you do today to move forward on that goal? 

I’m writing this post because my focus is to be positive and to encourage others. In the month of July, my goal is to write 31 positive articles. It’s a part of the #blogboost initiative, which is a way to keep myself accountable. Last month I decided I’d avoid eating sugar. (That went quite well, by-the-way! I’ve decided to carry on in this month!)

A few months ago I was exploring the idea of challenging myself and downloaded a Kindle Unlimited book called, “The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life” by Clare Hudson. Just like everyone else, there are things in my life that need to change. So I picked out a few challenges that I’ll do for a month to motivate myself. For me, doing a shorter-term challenge to change behavior, works!

What about you? Have you challenged yourself to something? Are you reaching for a long-term goal? How do you reach that goal?

Have you decided?

If your TIME today will bring you closer to your goal, then what one thing (or more than one) will you do today?

Leave a comment!

“TIME = Today Is My Everything”

~ Richie Norton quote

Here’s the book I referenced, and it’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Kindle Unlimited is reading option with a fixed price per month and thousands of books to borrow. If you are curious, like to learn/read and own a device that supports the Kindle app,(or you own a Kindle), then this might be a good choice for you. It’s free for the first 30 days. Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans


Love Those Around You

Love Those Around You

Love those around you.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

~ Mother Teresa

Love does not judge.

Judgemental = having or displaying an excessively critical point of view.

Many times I feel judging and criticising are kin to each other.

Criticism = the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes.

What do you think?

“Do not judge other people. Then you will not be judged. You will be judged in the same way you judge others. You will be measured in the same way you measure others. You look at the bit of sawdust in your friend’s eye. But you pay no attention to the piece of wood in your own eye.”

Matthew 7:1-3  NIRV

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

Goodness. It needs to begin somewhere… 

Let goodness begin with you.

And if not now, then when?

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people - PositiveThanksLiving #positive #optimism

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22,23 NIV

What could be considered “goodness”?

  • Go that extra mile when you see something is missing.
  • Reach out to encourage, without expectation of return.
  • Provide what’s needed – anonymously if possible.
  • Smile even when you don’t feel like it.
  • Clean up a mess, especially if you weren’t involved.
  • Open doors for others – figuratively speaking.
  • Be with someone. Just be. No words, or advice.
  • Give a verbal hug to someone who has felt rejected.
  • Let go of something. Release your anger or expectation, or…
  • Care for something that’s not your responsibility.
  • I’m sure there are more! What would you add?

Let’s become that “someone”!

Here’s a checklist with the items above…  make it a positive and thankful week and try checking off some or all of these ideas!

You can change the world – one person at a time.

Be the Reason - download and print this print to hang in your home, workspace or classroom
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A Piece of Your Heart

A Piece of Your Heart

Make everyone’s day happier

by giving them a piece of your


instead of a piece of your mind!

 Jesus replied: 

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:37-39 NIV