Projecting Positivity

March 22, 2017

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Projecting Positivity
Photo Courtesy: Akaylah Glidden

The Idea of “Filling Your Cup” and the Power of Positivity.

You know that feeling when you get into a funk and it seems so much easier to mope around and be negative than it does to try and come back from it? How about this? Are you still grumpy if someone smiles at you or does a nice gesture like hold the door for you or pay your toll fee on the highway? These are proof that little positive gestures can go a long way.

There are two main ways I like to create and share positivity within my own life. The first is to “fill my cup” and the second is to carry myself with a positive light - both of which fit hand-in-hand.

The phrase “fill your cup,” to me, means to love and respect yourself and your needs. We must first take care of ourselves before we can be of any real help to others. Coming from someone who has a difficult time saying “no” when a favor is asked of me, believe me when I say, it’s okay to do so. We need time for ourselves, too. A former Healthy UNH Spotlight Student, Tori, said, “I give myself one day a week to do whatever I need to do to feel at peace.” That quote stuck with many of us as a call-to-action to start putting ourselves first, and now I’m passing that onto you. Block out a time of day or day of the week for YOU to do something that makes YOU happy.

From there, carry the positivity you’ve gained from your experience everywhere you go. You don’t have to tell others what you’ve done without them knowing you are truly happy. When we put ourselves first and “fill our cups,” our happiness naturally radiates onto others. We smile more, are more positive, and carry that energy with us in our daily lives. At that point, WE are the people doing the nice gestures that can pull people out of a bad mood. It’s a chain reaction, “pay it forward” kind of concept this world could always use more of.

Bottom line: Fill your cup and fill it often because someone, including yourself, could use some of your positivity today.

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