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Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.

Matt Cameron

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The comment I get most from the readers of the Daily is that they appreciate that the tenor of what they find is generally positive. It is not that I feel excessively optimistic always, it is just that I find little use in dwelling on the negatives, especially when there is nothing I can do change what is.

I totally subscribe to the old adage that it is useless to cry over spilt milk, especially since getting another bottle is little more than an inconvenience. Each of us has the capacity to adjust to deal with the challenges we find in our lives but things won’t get better unless we are willing to adjust. Here is an edited article that I got from an internet blog that suggests how we can become more positive. I am sorry I don’t know who wrote it

5 Ways Of Finding Positivity In Times Of Trial

I would consider myself a positive person — I like to look for the good in everything. But when life gets hard, staying positive becomes a challenge. Problems come in all shapes and sizes and no one person’s are more important than another’s. Though your emotions can’t turn on a dime and it’s unhealthy to push down what you’re really feeling, the following five points have helped me remain positive through challenging times:

Adjust your perspective: When times get tough it’s easy to sink into negativity and dwell on the unfortunate circumstances. When I lost someone close to me, I grieved and would find myself thinking only of how much I was going to miss them in my life. Yes, grieving is very healthy and necessary but I decided to change my perspective and begin to think of all of the beautiful memories we shared and how they shaped my life. You can also change your perspective by seeking solutions and taking calculated risks; if you can identify the problem, you will likely find a solution. For example, when I moved to NYC I battled times of loneliness, which would often lead to negative thoughts. I would combat them by taking risks: Attending music shows or exploring museums by myself, not to necessarily meet anyone, but to simply change my perspective. Have faith that changing the way you look at tough situations will lead to more positivity in your life.

Do something nice for someone else: There really is no better feeling than doing something kind for another person. Giving to others is a surefire way for me stay positive in challenging times. There are many different ways to extend yourself to those around you: Start with a simple “hello” or smile at a stranger, lend an ear without judgement to a friend, bring coffee to your co-workers on Monday morning. You’ll be amazed at how giving and helping others really actually helps you.

Notice, capture, and release negative thoughts: My dad once taught me that recognizing negative thoughts is half the battle. The other half is choosing to release those thoughts. As humans, it’s easy to dwell in negativity but once you notice yourself thinking poorly, you have a choice to capture that thought, release it, and choose a positive one. It’s a difficult thing and one that will take practice but I guarantee that you are strong enough to choose positive thoughts.

Do what you love! In times of trouble, don’t forget what you love to do and go do it! If you love music, turn it up! Get outside and hike, breathe the fresh air and look at the beauty around you! If you’re an active person, then by all means go take a run… dance… surf. When you get back to doing the things you love, your spirit is lifted and you radiate positivity.

Don’t be too hard on yourself: Unreasonable expectations can take a toll on your mindset. It’s important to give yourself a break sometimes. Forgiving others is an important aspect to staying positive but don’t forget to forgive yourself too!


You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Joyce Meyer


Four-year-old Little Johnny asked, “Mummy, where do babies come from?

“The stork, dear.” replied Johnny’s Mom.

“Mummy, who keeps bad people from robbing our house?” Asked Little Johnny.

Johnny’s mother answer, “The police, dear.”

“Mummy, if our house was on fire, who would save us?”

“The fire department, dear.”

“Mummy, where does food come from?”

“Farmers, dear.”


“Yes, dear?”

“What do we need Daddy for?”


A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.


Two senior ladies met for the first time since graduating from high school. One asked the other, “You were always so organized in school, did you manage to live a well planned life?”

“Oh yes,” said her friend.. “My first marriage was to a millionaire; my second marriage was to an actor; my third marriage was to a preacher; and now I’m married to an undertaker.”

Her friend asked, “What do those marriages have to do with a well planned life?”

“One for the money, two for the show. three to get ready and four to go”


Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?


A woman went into a hardware store to purchase a bale of peat moss. She gave a personal check in payment and said to the clerk, “I suppose you will want some identification.”

He replied, without hesitation, “No ma’am, that won’t be necessary.”

“How come?” asked the woman.

“Crooks don’t buy peat moss.” answered the clerk.


The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.


In the maternity ward of a hospital, new-born girl baby looks over at new-born boy baby and asks, “Are you a girl baby or a boy baby?”

The boy baby quickly chirps up, “I’m a boy baby!”

“How can you tell?” asks girl baby.

“Easy,” says boy baby. And, with that, he threw off the blankets, hoisted up his itty-bitty night-shirt and proudly pointed downward. “See…..blue booties”


Some people hate getting out of bed. I enjoy it. I do it 3-4 times a day.


A golfer, playing a round by himself, is about to tee off when a salesman runs up to him and yells, “Wait! Before you tee off, I have something really amazing to show you!”

The golfer, annoyed, says, “What is it”?

“It’s a special golf ball,” says the salesman. “You can never lose it!”

“Whattaya mean,” scoffs the golfer, “you can never lose it? What if you hit it into the water”?

“No problem,” says the salesman. “It floats, it detects where the shore is and spins towards it.”

“Well, what if you hit it into the woods”?

“Easy,” says the salesman. “It emits a beeping sound and you can find it with your eyes closed.”

“Okay,” says the golfer, impressed. “But what if your round goes late and it gets dark”?

“No problem, sir, this golf ball glows in the dark! I’m telling you, you can never lose this golf ball!”

The golfer buys it at once. “Just one question,” he says to the salesman. “Where did you get it”?

“I found it.”


“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

Dennis P. Kimbro


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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