The Positivity Tag

Lately, I've been in a bit of a funk and have been struggling with writers block this year.  This explains the sparse amount of posts on my blog.   Instead of doing a 'where have I been' post, I decided to just gloss over my hiatuses.  To help me, and perhaps even bring a smile on your face, I decided to do the positivity tag! I am surprised this hasn't been done excessively in the past amongst the blogging community but its short, sweet, and simple.  Enjoy!

Name three things in your life that make you feel happy and positive.

Reading is something I thoroughly enjoy.  Mental stimulation of some sort is extremely satisfying which is why I almost always have my nose deep in a novel or textbook.  My favourite fiction authors include Khaled Hosseini, Sophie Kinsella, Jodi Picoult, and Jane Austen.  Non fiction novels include The Health Gap, Pathology of Power, Status Power, Genome, Epigenetics, and Nature vs. Nurture for example. 

Dance is a huge positive adrenaline source for myself.  Whether it be Kathak, Bhangra, or Hip-hop, nothing can lift my mood more than grooving in the privacy of my own room or taking dance lessons.  It injects a huge amount of energy into my system, irrespective of how drained I feel mentally or physically. 

Finally, seva.  Seva, also known as as 'selfless service', is where one acts to help others without expectations.  It can be in the form of volunteering for a charity, making food for the homeless, or being a part of community programmes to benefit others.  It doesn't have to be part of an organisation and can simply be buying a homeless individual a sandwich, helping an individual with their groceries home, or even lending a hand to a friend.  Acts like this nourish the soul.

"Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain; rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service." - Bhagavad Gita, 3.14

What do you do to try and be more positive?

Books ranging from self-help books to Holy text, alongside prayer and meditation enable me to ease any anxiety, tension, or stress.  It doesn't completely erase any negative emotions but in my experience, it provides me strength to deal with the situation with a positive outlook.  In terms of day to day, writing a list of ten things that I am grateful for at the end of the day is a great way to slowly shift your thinking over time.  Positivity needs to be exercised, like a muscle, to grow stronger. 

What do you like to do to relax?

Individuals source relaxation from various sources.  Relaxation comes from spending time with my parents or loved ones.  I love playing cards for example over going to clubs or parties.  Spending time with a small group of people is a great get-away from real life.  On the other hand, practicing kathak diminishes any stress as the padhant/beats of kathak or classical Indian dance is very calming for me.  Finally, as mentioned previously, reading novels and prayers/visiting houses of worship is a fantastic relaxation technique.  

What is your favourite positivity quote?

"You did not get this far to only get this far" 
Whenever life gets difficult, this quote acts as an accelerator to move forward.  Of course, in heightened emotions, all logic is out the window and I'm throwing toys out the pram.  Nonetheless, this quote reminds me that, yes, it has been a long journey, but you've come too far to quit now.  Fail forwards.

Everyone has a part of their body they dislike - say something positive about yours.

At the moment, I love my hair because of it's length.  I spent years constantly chopping it off when it gets to my belly but now it is finally growing out.  The weight of my hair means that it is significantly less frizzy and easier to manage with beachy waves instead of tight curls.  

Who are your positive role models?

Kristin Johns is my biggest motivation as she is unapologetically herself.  Many people have told me that I need to 'grow up', 'mature', and act more 'my age' which fed my insecurities tremendously.  Now,  I wear bows, pearl clips, and overalls because that is the real me.  Life is too short to be anyone else.  

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