Positive Perspectives

Your internal story, that dialogue in your mind, creates your perspective. It decides whether you skip for joy or sit with your head in your hands. You might not have thought to change it or imagined it’s out of your control; but you are the captain of your mind and can direct your thoughts. Steer toward these positive perspectives and your life will improve.

“That rich auburn canopy of leaves crowning the copper beech tree, and dog dancing around the park with glee, have the power to make your heart swell.”

Start the morning with a positive mindset

You start the day under a cloud of gloom when you think about problems. A negative shadow infiltrates everything that happens, and you look at life's bleak side on autopilot. Forget potential pitfalls. Stop going over what could but probably won't go wrong.

Seek positive angles and focus on the sunny side. Why not coat events with sunshine rather than dampen them with worry? You need not go over-the-top and pretend everything's terrific if it's not. But look for solutions, and hidden gems and your outlook will improve.

Be mindful of small pleasures

You note huge, obvious auspicious events, yet might miss small pleasures that can lift your spirits. That rich auburn canopy of leaves crowning the copper beech tree, and dog dancing around the park with glee, have the power to make your heart swell. Gulp their beauty into your psyche and let it seep into your bones until you tingle with pleasure. These, and many more pleasant events, occur every day and are at your disposal. Make the most of them, and they’ll improve your mood to no end.

Celebrate when life puts on a gorgeous show. Whether it's a crimson sunset, the smile of a stranger, or the giggle of a child, embrace the experience like a kid in a sweet shop. Don't pass by without sucking all available pleasure from life. Then later, at the day's end, revive each event and enjoy it again. This practice will lace your mind before you sleep and help you produce a positive mood in the morning.