Being positive is more than just thinking positive thoughts and wishing for bad things to go away. (I know, i do that all the time!!!)
It is about taking simple steps to make small changes in our daily lives in order to translate our positive thoughts into behavior. By taking the extra step to act on your positive thoughts, you can further enhance your mental wellbeing.
5 Steps to positivity: S-M-I-L-E
- Start smiling
It’s the easiest thing in the world, but it makes all the difference. A smile can immediately lift your mood. It lights up the room and make things happier and brighter for everyone. Start off with a simple action like this and then watch how it leads to bigger and better things.
- Make it happen
When you’re thinking positively, it’s easier to realise a goal or overcome an obstacle. Positive thinking is a skill like any other, so it takes time, patience and effort to master. But the results will be worth it.
- I can do it
Say it again and again. Affirm and encourage yourself with positive words when you’re in challenging situations. By doing that, you’re halfway there to solving the problem.
- Laugh out loud
When everything feels like it’s going wrong, try to find the humour in the situation. Laughter is infectious and it helps to bring people together. It relieves the body of tension and stress. Best of all, it’s free!
- Embrace Optimism
If you take a more optimistic outlook on life, it can improve both your physical and mental health. You will be able to cope better with stress and enjoy happier relationships with friends, family and colleagues.
Coincidentaly, on a day that celebrates joy, laughter and hope, read: 1st October, (Children’s Day), Health Promotion Board (HPB) launched their second and last installment of the Be Positive art campaign at The Cathay. The Positive Art “Sunny” is an innovative metallic sculpture measuring 3 metres by 5.5 metres. Harnessing the natural energy of sunlight, it reflects different positive mental health messages at different times of the day.
Troubles don’t last forever and worries fade away. These are the two messages that the Health Promotion Board (HPB) hopes Singaporeans will remember as it launches the second art installation in its “Positive Art” Series, produced in celebration of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October 2010.
“The Positive Art Series serves as a reminder to all to stay positive even in the face of challenges. Bad times come and go but a positive attitude can weather even the hardest of situations,”
said Ms Sng Yan Ling, Deputy Director, Mental Health Education, HPB.
Photo courtesy of HPB.
So come on down with your BFFs and witness a sun-dial like no other!
You may also stand the chance to win S$200 worth of vouchers in the photo competition! Simply snap a photo of yourself and tell them what the art installation and positivity means to you! Shortlisted photos will be uploaded onto HPB Facebook page.
For more information, please click here.
Click here to visit their sunny Positive Youtube channel.