I don’t want to do this.
No, really. I don’t want to do this.
I don’t want to weigh in one more time. I don’t want to track my food intake. I don’t want to exercise. I may not even want to dance.
I certainly don’t want to run.
<BIG DRAMATIC SIGH>
But they’re waiting for me. And I like all those people so much. And if I don’t show up…
So I go. And for some bizarre reason, the simple act of showing up suddenly makes me want to do all those things that, 20 minutes ago, I was trying to avoid like the plague.
Not only do I now want to do it, I’m happy to do it with a smile on my face.
Why do other people — positive people — have the ability to make me do things I don’t want to do?
It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma…
The Power of Positive People
I’ve already shared this amazing TED video (scroll down) that proves how much more effective and successful we can be at anything when we choose to put our brains on positive.
What I think is an interesting phenomena is how simply being around positive people, even for a short period of time, can help me recalibrate a grumpy attitude.
In doing a little internet research on the topic, I came across this information from Berkeley University. It seems that people – not just positive people – get as much pleasure out of helping others as when we satisfy a personal want.
So, let me get this straight…
- Positive people help me feel better
- Helping me feel better helps those people feel good
- Since I now feel good, I then return the favor by being more positive, supportive and helpful with others
How cool is that?
Choose to Be (Selectively) Social
This is basically why I hang out with runners and Zumba friends a lot.
Here’s the deal: If you’re going to run (jog, wog, walk, crawl, etc.) distances over a mile or two, it’s impossible to keep going with a negative attitude.
Yeah, okay. Maybe not impossible. But it sure does make the experience suck.
And Zumba? I dare you to go to a Zumba class, shake your moneymaker (nobody’s watching you, I promise), and still walk out with the grumps.
Now that is impossible.
The biggest thing I’ve learned is to go against my upbringing (e.g., “I’m not in a fit mood for company at the moment.”) and actually go out among people when I’m not really feeling at my perky self best. I take a deep breath, paste a smile on my face and jump in the pool of humanity.
I’ve yet to be sorry for taking that leap.
Wishing you a Positively Awesomelicious Day!