Getting Some “Happy” In My Life
I’ve found that over the past few months I’ve watched a lot of Disney+. From Mulan to Treasure Island and The Rise of Skywalker to The Parent Trap, I’ve enjoyed many nostalgic and relaxing evenings. So many, in fact, that I began to question why that was. I soon realized there was one key driver that kept bringing me back to Disney+…I needed some “happy” in my life!
Right now, we are surrounded by negativity. Negativity in the news, negativity from the uncertainty we face due to COVID-19, and negativity from the hatred we’ve seen rear its ugly head in our country. Simply put, I needed a way of balancing out that negativity by bringing more positivity, more happiness, into my life. The release of Disney+ just so happened to give me a quick and easy way of creating that balance of happiness.
As I reflect on this even further, I find there are several key takeaways that we can all do to help create more positivity in our lives right NOW which WILL have a lasting impact on our mindset to come out of this pandemic ahead! Three (3) key actions we can take to harness positivity – get some “happy” – in our lives right now are listed below.
- Bringing Balance to Our Outside Influences – The world around us greatly influences us. From shopping trends to fashion to how we feel, think, and act, society and other people have a significant impact on us. When all is well, that impact is positive; however, when we are facing times like we are today, that impact is negative. Simply put, it is draining! When we are surrounded by negativity, it is important for us to balance it out!
There are really three options for us to create this balance. The first is to bring more positivity into our lives, the second is to lessen the negativity, and third is to bring in more positivity while lessening the negativity. Whichever way we choose, the goal is to create a balance in which we don’t feel drained, we do feel hopeful, and we are able to make strides towards the goals we have.
For me, I chose option number three. I stopped watching the news and started watching more Disney+ because of the stories their movies told. Turning off the news eliminated a major source of negativity while watching the Disney movies I watched let me find my “happy” in life through the up-beat stories they told.
Which option will you choose? Bringing a balance between negativity and positivity in our life WILL create a stronger mindset and set us up for coming out of this pandemic ahead.
- Allowing Ourselves the Time to Get “Lost” in Positivity – One of the other keys I find to come from my experiences watching Disney+ is giving ourselves the permission to spend time bringing more positivity into our lives; allowing ourselves to get “lost” in positivity. Right now, how many people feel like they have the time to sit down and watch movies? Maybe we have kids or other responsibilities on top of work that require our attention, making it seemingly impossible to spend 90 to 120 minutes for watching TV. However, time is a key factor in creating the above balance we were just talking about, regardless of how we choose to create that balance.
Because most of our days right now are spent with negative outside influences or dwelling on the negativity that comes from them, it is very important to be able to “recharge” and interject positivity into our lives. A mere five minutes of enjoying something that makes us happy just doesn’t cut it as it is often followed by more negativity. Very similar to the concept of winding down, allowing ourselves the time to get “lost” in positivity ensures we ARE able to recharge and get enough positivity to counteract the negativity of the day. The goal is to spend enough time with positivity that we get “lost” in it and before we realize it, we feel calm, relaxed, and at peace.
Giving ourselves the time we need to calm down, feel relaxed, and feel peaceful WILL create a stronger mindset that allows us to continue moving forward each and every day with greater success. How much time do you need to reach this state AND will you allow yourself to take that time?
- Interjecting a Bit of Nostalgia – In the times I needed the greatest amount of balance, I found myself turning to movies I grew up watching: Treasure Island, The Swiss Family Robinson, and The Parent Trap to name a few. Each of these movies held a sense of nostalgia for me and inherently came with fondness, happiness, and good memories of time with my family. In short, the nostalgic nature of the movies brought more happiness with them than just watching the movies themselves would have if they weren’t nostalgic for me.
Thinking about happy times in our lives makes us happy. This is due to the fact that when we recall events of the past, the major feelings and sensations we had from those experience come with them. When we are trying to interject more happiness in our lives to counteract all of the negativity we are experiencing now, a little extra help can go a long way. By choosing things that are nostalgic for us, we are giving ourselves an added boost and easier pathway to balancing out the negativity we are experiencing.
What nostalgia can you bring into your life? Fondly recalling the past through movies, TV, photos, music, etc. which invokes happiness WILL create a stronger mindset for us to come out of this pandemic ahead.
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