Unless you live under a rock, you are likely aware that it snowed this weekend in the Midwest – it snowed a LOT. Some places got over a foot of snow over the course of the weekend. Green Bay, Wisconsin got just shy of TWO FEET! 😳
Also, unless you live under a rock, you are likely aware that it is April. That’s right, it has officially been spring for almost a month and we were hit with a massive snowstorm. So massive it was even given a name – Xanto.
Many people were stuck at home, activities were cancelled, and snowblowers and shovels had to be dug out of storage. If you looked on social media at all you couldn’t help but notice all of the grumbling.
I get it – people want to be outside, it’s been cold for the past 6 months. We’re ready for the inevitable change in season. However, being ready for warm weather doesn’t change the fact that, at this moment, there is over a foot of snow on the ground.
So then what? The way I see it we have 2 options: resist the snow and complain, or accept reality and not let it get us down.
Now I’m sure if we were having this conversation face to face, when you heard me suggest positivity in relation to snowpocalypse Xanto of April 2018 I would get a massive eye roll or even a half-hearted chuckle at the very least.
Regardless, I stand my ground.
Why be cold and miserable when you can be cold and happy? 😉
So back to positivity.
What experts are saying isn’t that healthier people are happy, it’s that happy people are healthier. Did you catch that? It’s a fact that the side effects of positivity will trickle into your physical health, mental health, job, marriage, friendships, relationships with your children, and the list goes on and on.
But how do you practice positivity when you’re just not having it? You have to raise your energy by finding legit reasons to be positive, happy, grateful, etc.
If you’re still giving me “that look” then here are some examples to get you going:
- watching your dog pounce around in the snow
- watching someone else’s dog pounce around in the snow
- help someone else shovel their driveway/sidewalk (helping others makes you happy – it’s science!)
- talk to someone who owns a snowplow business… I bet they’re happy!
- channel your inner kid and go sledding, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, build a fort, have a snowball fight, eat some snow (NOT yellow snow, though!), etc
- do something – ANYTHING – that makes you happy to help you get out of complaining mode
- take advantage of being inside a warm house (snuggle with a pet/spouse/bf/gf/baby/stuffed animal, blanket, watch a movie, turn on the fireplace, make hot cocoa, make a hot toddy, bake cookies, etc.)
Still struggling? Ok, then it’s time to bring out the big guns.
Cue the hashtag #firstworldproblems.
Look at your complaints. Are they actual problems or just first world problems? Here’s a handy list to help you. #yourewelcome
- I hate shoveling my driveway (that means that you have a house and you’re physically able to shovel)
- I can’t leave the house (again – you have shelter!)
- My kids are driving me crazy (I’m so happy I have kids!)
- My spouse/roommate is driving me crazy (see above)
- I have to drive to work in this mess (you have a car, you have a job)
Also, if you’re spending a lot of time complaining about the snow then likely it means that you don’t have bigger problems, like not having enough money to buy groceries for your family, being unemployed, homeless, recent loss of a loved one, significant health concerns.
Are you feeling me now?
The key to gratitude and happiness is perspective – it is the only thing standing between you enjoying the snow [or insert any other complaint or inconvenience you feel is present in your life] or being unhappy. So next time you find yourself complaining about something, change your perspective by employing gratitude for things of which you are actually grateful. Because there is always always something to be thankful for (sometimes you just have to work harder to find it!) ❤
Love and Light,