Positive Self-Growth

by Susan Cioffi 10/06/2019

There is a saying that goes, “Being positive is a state of mind.” Although that may be true, many people have a hard time getting there and staying positive no matter what life may throw at them. Throughout the day, people experience different obstacles that can affect them for the rest of the day. Some experiences take place before even leaving the house. Here are some practical things that you can begin to do and make a habit of to brighten up your day.

Think Positively

Starting out with ‘thinking positively’ may sound easy enough; however, start by changing the negatives in your life into a positive. Instead of considering the worst of something, think about the best thing that could happen in that particular scenario. You will quickly see how your attitude changes as well as your perspective. 

Smile

Now, this may be a hard request for some people because they immediately think that they will look silly to someone or even to themselves. Scientists have found that if someone smiles, it begins to change the mood. A smile is inviting and lets someone know that they are welcomed. So try it next time. When you are in a tense mindset, head to a mirror and smile. 

Be one With Nature

There is something to be said about stepping outside into the fresh air. Letting the wind hit your skin and taking it all in. Taking walks outdoors can also be a stress reliever. It allows you to go through all of your thoughts and to think through everything. 

Count Your Blessings

When something horrible happens, it is easy to look at that and think that everything around you is also falling apart. That there is no hope in sight. However, if you choose to look at the things that you do have or the things that are going well in your life, you will see life differently. Focus on the things that are going well. The things that you do have. Your mindset will begin to shift.

Write Out Your Thoughts

Sharing emotions with others can be intimidating and makes them vulnerable. Writing out your thoughts allows you to see what you are struggling with and perhaps maybe realize that the situation or problem as big as you thought. Freemake is a virtual diary that allows you to access a journal directly through your phone. After some time, you can also go back and look at your notes to see if your perspective on the matter has shifted. You will always surprise yourself.

Human beings are involved individuals that continuously go through a variety of emotions and face countless situations. By doing simple and practical things, we can shift our way of thinking and navigate through life in a healthier state.

About the Author
Author

Susan Cioffi

My name is Susan Cioffi. I have been a Realtor for 15  years now. I pride myself in customer service. I have won the Diamond award for volume with my first brokerage, but also won the Customer Service award that same year, so I am very proud of that. I specialize as a Listing Agent,  Property Management, New Home Sales, Buyers, Waterfront, Rentals, Condo Conversions in the South Shore Area (Riverview, Apollo Beach, Lithia, Brandon, Gibsonton). I am active in the community and with the Riverview Chamber of Commerce. Awarded Volunteer of the year in 2007. Also giving to various charities. Each year we raise money to help homeless veterans in the area with their Christmas gift. Also give to Children's Miracle network all year with every closing I have.

Originally from Boston, we moved here over 16 years ago. It's hard to believe it's been that long. We miss family and friends but we love the Florida Lifestyle. I have been married for almost 31 years to my husband, Vin. I have two wonderful children, Vincent (29), and Christopher (23), and a dog, Bandit. Plus my first grandchild, Colton, who is 1 and 1/2.   I also have my mother that live right down the street from house, and my brothers are also close to us. We live in the great community of Lake St Charles.