It is so much easier to be negative than positive, easier to remember harsh words and thoughtless actions, than kind and encouraging ones. And the more we notice the negative, the worse we can feel. It’s so easy to be negative that we do it without even thinking, and often it takes a conscious effort to be positive.
How many children say, “I’m rubbish,” when they can’t do something? I spend much of my teaching time encouraging children, showing them, and building on what they can do, rather than telling them what they can’t do. And when they focus on their achievements, however small, they find the tricky things become easier.
In the Bible it says ‘Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, whatever is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things’ (Philippians 4 verse 8).
So if we focus on the good things rather than the bad, fill our minds with the positives rather than the negatives, I’m sure the difficult things in life can run a little more easily. And if we smile at other people the chances are that they will smile back.