Chaos- the only word I can think of to describe the scenario in our world today. Adam Curtis in his documentary titled- “Hypernormalisation” rightfully said that, “We live in a completely dynamic, chaotic and unpredictable world.” The year 2019 was a surprisingly bizarre year, full of bedlam all across the world. From baffling actions by those in power to the devastation caused by various environmental factors, several events have contributed towards this chaos.
People all around the world are frustrated and angry at the actions of their respective governments which have greatly impacted the lives of the common man and as well as their inaction towards global warming and climate change. 2019 can, therefore, be classified as a whirlwind of a year. From Hong Kong protests against the extradition bill, the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India, Burning of the amazon, to the firing of rockets by the US in Iran leading to a potential World War III. These are only a few events to mention, there are many more which have contributed to this chaos. While it does provides us with useful information and increases our awareness about various world issues, it also bombards us with disinformation as well. With mayhem surrounding us in every nook and cranny of the world along with the daily stresses of life, how does one aspire to be positive?
This is a question I have pondered over a few times, at least in the last few days. However, in order to be positive, one must understand the term. According to me being positive does not only mean the absence of negativity, rather it involves adopting an attitude that is conducive to growth and success. It involves anticipating health, happiness, joy and hope in every situation.
Although one can not really change the external variables which have an effect on us, we can definitely work towards having a more proactive and positive mindset.
Believe Believe in yourself. Believe whatever action or decision you take is the best course of action for you. Believing your gut is the first step of developing a positive mindset.
Gratitude Syndrome It refers to the quality of being thankful or showing appreciation for the kindness of others. It is not a learnt technique but rather a complex, moral disposition, that fosters mutually supportive and sustaining relationships. It forms the basis of any society in which people want to live a life free of coercion.
Reside in the present Live in the moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Today is infinitely more valuable than yesterday or tomorrow.
Face reality Regular reality checks help one manage one’s expectations and keep the ups and downs of life in perspective, all things happy people tend to do. In addition, accepting the truth that unhappiness is an essential part of life is, ironically enough, one of the keys to happiness.
We all find positive energy in different facets of life. These are some ideas that I think can help you achieve a more positive mindset. So let’s be optimistic and hope to have a better, happier world in 2020, despite the endless bad news, and embrace each day.
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Samuel. Lawerence. (2019). 12 ways to be happier in 2020. Retrieved from. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psychology-yesterday/201912/12-ways-be-happier-in-2020