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“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.” –A.A. Milne
Spring has got to be my favorite season; like the sun after a long rain storm, the spring is a positive burst after a long winter. Pleasant weather makes people more cheerful, encouraging them to be more active and robust than they were during the colder months.
Spring is the perfect time to use these pleasant temperature changes to your advantage, by harnessing a warm, positive outlook.
Get outside. Often.
Being outside naturally raises energy levels. In fact, spending time outdoors naturally raises vitamin D levels and increases the production of serotonin to the brain, both of which are natural mood boosters.
There are wonderful ways to enjoy being outside:
- Having a picnic
- Taking long walks
- Napping outside
- Taking work outside
- Sitting at a table outside at your restaurant or coffee shop
- Doing yard work
Focus on one power mantra. Use it daily.
Power mantras are positive affirmations that strongly resonate with your current life and aspirations. Pick one that resonates with you the most, and recite it daily for increased empowerment and motivation.
At a loss? Try one of these:
- I am beautiful and healthy
- I radiate light
- I am good at my job
- I am filled with gratitude for my wonderful life
- I love myself unconditionally
Exercise your social muscle
Spring is wonderful at encouraging people to venture out of their caves, and into the world of social interaction. In addition, positive psychology studies have shown that individuals with close personal relationships live exponentially longer than those who do not.
That being said, use the spring time as inspiration to show up to events, join a club, or reconnect with friends you may have been neglecting during the colder months.
Find a novel spring-inspired activity
Spring is a fantastic excuse to try novel activities, especially those that happen outdoors. Activities such as hiking, boating, walking, outdoor yoga, and others are great ways to add some variety and spark to your life.
Pick one that you love, and focus on it this season.
Now tell me: what do you do to maintain a positive outlook in the spring?