My New Years Resolution

So I decided to make a New Years Resolution- one that had nothing to do with a scale. I decided that I wanted to start thinking and acting in a way that was more uplifting to EVERY SINGLE PERSON I met. And boy, let me tell you, I am so glad I did.

First I started changing the way I thought about others. I was really bad at judging people negatively. Anywhere from “ugh, why would she wear that to this event” to giving someone a dirty look for acting loud and having fun.
I guess just one day it clicked. I had been judging people, for who knows what reason, and it somehow made me feel superior in some way. I realize how sad this is, and I’m embarrassed, even though they were mostly just thoughts.

Anyways, now when I see a group of girls laughing loudly and having fun, I smile and think “wow they’re so full of life and are having a great time”. I no longer judge the mom parenting in her own style, who is just trying to make it through the day. I truly try to treat everyone with the same positive attitude.

I expected to feel better, but I don’t think I realized how much better I would feel about the people around me. I’ve made awesome connections with people I would have never had the chance to before. And it was definitely hard. I had to train myself to start thinking in a different way, and at first it felt so forced.

I guess, the reason I wrote this all down was because I had been thinking about wanting to make this change for awhile, but didn’t for a long time. This seemed like a very small change, but has made a huge difference in who I am. Weirdly enough, I’m much less introverted and I actually enjoy talking to people now. Even if this just reaches one person, who is where I was, then this will be worth it.
We’ve only got one life to live.



13 Responses

  1. Imagine what a better world it would be if we all lived by this mentality.

  2. I started this same thing last year. Never felt better =)

  3. Love this post xoxo so inspiring.

  4. Love love love this story! This is what the world needs more of ❤️

  5. Thank you for your wonderful post. I too decided a few years back to try and focus on the positive rather than the negative. I’m not hiding my head in the sand and ignoring everything negative. I’m just trying to live a more positive personal life. I find ways to make positive or kind comments to people. There is so much anger, hatred and division in our lives. I just can’t live with that negativity any more. Try and live your best life and spread kindness as you go. It will come back to you in surprising ways❤️

  6. I love this! Inspiring, and this week I think this post will encourage many people (including myself) to look for ways to be more positive and uplifting. Great post!

  7. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  8. This makes me happy …
    Good for you girl!

  9. I think many more people should do this.

  10. This is the kind of thing I don’t mind reading

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