P.E.A.C.E. – A More Positive Approach
There’s so much negative energy in our world today. It surrounds us, whether we realize it or not. From the headlines we read to our conversations with each other, it seems it is easier to highlight or discuss what is wrong in our lives rather than what is what is right. We, as humans, are curious creatures. We crave information and our lives are shaped and driven by the information that we receive. When our days are saturated with negative thoughts and energy, it has a profound effect on our relationships, our productivity and our overall well-being. Negative thoughts and negative actions can destroy our hopes and suffocate our dreams.
So, don’t let the negative energy that surrounds us daily pull you down. Elevate yourself, and others, by choosing to focus on the positive. Learn to create a culture of P.E.A.C.E.
And, focus on lifting others up through positive thoughts and actions.
Positivity is a choice. And, it is your choice to make. It’s not about being perfect or a constant Pollyanna. It’s simply about choosing to see the good in every situation. That’s not to say that you can avoid all negative situations, but you can learn to bring more P.E.A.C.E. to them and help others to successfully navigate the negativity.
No matter what your role is… wife, mother, co-worker, business owner, friend… you are in the “energy” business. Whatever energy you choose to bring to a situation is noticed by those around you, and more often than not, amplified by them or mimicked. Positive attitudes emit positive energy, and positive energy is attractive to those who surround you. You will be more effective and have a greater impact on those whom you lead or serve, by simply having a positive attitude.
In addition to which, you will be happier and healthier. There are many proven benefits to positivity. Positive people are generally more productive, they tend to live longer and they develop strong relationships with others.
So, how can you create more P.E.A.C.E. in your life?
- Listen to music. Music relaxes the mind. When we hear music, it triggers an emotional response in our brain.
- Eat healthy. When you fuel your body properly you help to increase brain function, which helps you to stay focused.
- Make a positive “in-box”. Save positive messages, texts or letters. Put them in a secure file or folder that you can refer to for positive affirmations and motivation.
- Surround yourself with positive influences. Seek others who will lift you up.
- Practice positivity. Actively weave positive energy into your life every day. Choose to change your mindset.
- Smile more. There is magic in a smile. Each time you smile you throw a feel-good party in your brain. And, smiles are contagious.
- Encourage others daily. Studies have proven that our happiness comes from making others happy.
Always keep in mind that your attitude, your thoughts, your actions impact the world around you. If you’re looking to make a difference, to be more successful as a leader, wife, mother or a friend… choose P.E.A.C.E and teach yourself to take a more positive approach to living.
Practice positivity. Make a new screen saver by featuring a positive quote or simply the word “POSITIVE” or “P.E.A.C.E.” to remind yourself every day to change your mindset.
Here are 3 books to help you continue the journey to a more positive mindset:
The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale
- Through his positive, practical techniques, Dr. Peale describes how to have a new level of “oomph” in life.
- This book takes you on a 28-day life-changing journey with special exercises to help you practice gratitude.
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
- This book provides a guide map for living a positive life based on ancient Toltec wisdom.
Lori Goede is an alumna of Gamma Omicron (U of Florida) and a member of the Education Committee.