Here Comes The Sun

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There are people who love to complain.  These people find the worst in everything. To them the glass is not half empty, it’s completely empty. I’m sure you’ve met a few of these bewildered ones in your travels through life.   It can be difficult to be in a sunny mood around them. It’s as if they are standing under a perpetual rain cloud and being in close contact with them is like being drenched in a deluge. It’s no surprise these naysayers are making themselves unhealthy. Negative thinking causes changes in neurotransmitters in the brain and impacts heart health, the immune system and digestion, as well as a person’s overall risk of mortality.

Its dangerous and frankly damn unpleasant to be around such people. They are toxic and the poison they spread is just that…poison.

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“We’re in the money, the skies are sunny; old man depression, you are through, you done us wrong!”
~Al  Dubin

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On the other hand there are a precious few, the ones who are the polar opposite of those poor negative souls. These wonderful ones see each day as a brand new start and every struggle as an opportunity. These people see that same glass as completely full and these people are happy to share the contents.

These are a rare breed indeed, they spread their magic wherever they go and to be in their presence is to be walking on sunshine. I don’t have to tell you the world need more of these shining stars. They light our way, give hope and inspire us to do better, be better. They encourage us to shine just as brightly as they do. Think of them as true miracle workers and unlike the empty glass rain cloud people, these sunny supernovas are healthier and live longer and they like their counterparts spread their attitude to whomever they come in contact with. These people increase the health and well-being of those around them because positive thoughts and happiness is good for your health.  Think of positivity as an immunization shot against poor health. Optimistic people have lower levels of depression, a greater resistance to illnesses; from the common cold to cardiovascular diseases and even cancer. Positivity gives one better coping skills during the inevitable times of stress and hardships that come our way now and then.  Positivity increases our lifespan on the whole and life, simply put, is better.

It is with these thoughts in mind that I set out today, vowing to become more like a sunny bright spot instead of a torrential rain cloud, not just for me but for everyone else who crosses my path….and my challenge to you my friends (you knew I was heading for this didn’t you?) is to not only embrace this sunny philosophy, as you probably do anyway, but to fill the glasses of those who are on perpetual empty. Although they don’t know it, they need this and we as a society desperately do. Just imagine if this sort of thing would catch on…positivity is catchy…it’s downright infectious and it feels oh so good!

My cup runneth over…wishing you a splendid day from the sunny side of the street…

Strawberryindigo.

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

~Anne Frank

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Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

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The Pursuit of Happiness: Characteristics of Happy People (psychcentral.com)

Positive Thinking  (mayoclinic.com)

Heal Thyself, Think Positive (newscientist.com)

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36 thoughts on “Here Comes The Sun

  1. Splendid weekend to you Nancy :) Beautifully written .. i have to say I am somewhere in between these two extremes ;), however when the times are bad it is so easy to fall within the first category….

  2. I like that you’re trying to spread some sunshine, but I think your words choice of words aren’t that accurate – toxic and poison?

    I have a friend who is a bit like you describe, the glass is always venturing on empty and everything seems to be a struggle. It’s like this attitude manifests itself in her life and then it happens more. She intrinsically isn’t a bad person, she has a lot of love in her heart. I also wouldn’t say she is toxic, sometimes it CAN be hard work but when I break through the doom and gloom there is something more, and that is positivity right there in itself. I know for a fact she doesn’t mean to be like this, we have all different life paths to get where we are and some people struggle more than others.

    For those of us who can carry the sunshine around we should try and spread it as much as possible and help those who can’t find it. It doesn’t have to end with us leaving their company with their negative energy; we can give them some positivity and brighten up their outlook/day for even a short while.

    Have you read the Tao of Pooh? The type of person you’re referring to is similar to Eeyore. Its a brilliant read!

    Hugs x

  3. I strive to be the sunny optimist, yet know much of my growth comes out of my time spent in the darkness. But when living in the darker places, I know that I am the reson I am there, for whatever purpose or mystery, and do not use it as an opportunity to spew toxins into the world. Those who look to and blame others for their unhappiness have no hope for happiness or contentment, for that only comes from finding ones’s internal sun, as you have done, dear Nancy.

    • I too have spent my share of time in darkness, that is probably why I enjoy the light so much. I think much of our growth comes from time spent in the dark. Growth is sometimes painful but worth it when the light shines again.

      What prompted me to write this was this poor woman who rides with me in the morning. She found a sympathic ear and comforting shoulder in me and now whenever she sees me is prompted to tell me all her troubles and she has new ones everyday! It gets depressing…I am trying to go beyond this, hopefully it will turn around for the both of us….yikes!

      • Yikes. Her clone was in a group I’m in. There was not a single disaster that bypassed her. And whatever it was, no one ever had a worse case of it than her. Don’t know why or how but she eventually quit coming. Perhaps headphones/earbuds and an audiobook you “have to” finish would discourage your commenting companion?

  4. Dear Nancy,
    We have a foundation of loving kindness between us and I’m about to become your first dissenter. I could easily toss off a quick “this was such an insightful and lovely post” type of comment. To do so would be singing from the same sheet music that pervades the personal development and self improvement niche and it wouldn’t be untrue. It would be partial truth and that is indeed where the danger lies. Danger lurks when we tell ourselves half truths. I am choosing to backlink to your post in a post of my own and share my own thought on this subject. I do hope you will do me the kindness of reading it.

  5. Love the expanded cup analogy. Your cup doth runneth over, Nancy. Now my cup is full from your post and ready to quench the thirst of those suffering. Thank you. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

  6. I agree! I would say that love and acceptance of others regardless of their outlook is one of the key characteristics of those who spread sunshine. Recognising that we are all of value. If we can’t value these people, then we are creating a cycle of negative energy that may hinder the person themselves seeing and believing the good in themselves and the world. I use ‘these’ people lightly, as there is no difference – we are all in it together.

  7. Hello TiTi, Boy, do I understand the weekly grind…UGH. :D I like your garden analogy. The better the diversity, the better the garden and how good soil is good for growth. This all brings to mind a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson which states “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” As that thought churns in my mind, I think we all deserve a place in the sun…not as fodder but as stars in our own right..my cup runneth over wholeheartedly…thanks for spending the time and for spreading your light. I am looking forward to reading your piece.

    “…and I will continue to endevor to become more like a sunny bright spot instead of a torrential rain cloud, not just for me but for everyone else who crosses my path…….to not only embrace this sunny philosophy….but to fill the glasses of those who are on perpetual empty.” ~SBI

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