Challenge Accepted: List Submission

Yet another person accepted The PositivitiProject Challenge and sent us their list! To read more about The PositivitiProject Challenge, visit https://positivitiproject.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/16/

This submission came from someone who means the world to me. My younger sister, Rachel, sent me this list to tell me about the good things that were happening in her life. Her list read: 

+ I didn’t have school today
+ I got to see most of my family yesterday
+ I got to talk to my sister on the phone
+ I have a Chris Colfer cutout in my room
+ I looked at the HGTV Dream Home with my Mom
+ My phone case has an awesome quote from Chris Colfer’s “Struck by Lightning” 
+ I’m in bed with a fuzzy blanket
+ I didn’t get out of bed until about 2 in the afternoon
+ I was able to pet my 3 kitties today
+ One of my cats is snuggling with me right now

I adore Rachel and am so thankful to have her in my life. I was ecstatic to hear about the small joys that made her day. In sending me her list, my sister opened up an upbeat conversation between us that brought us even closer.

Thank you, Rachel, for always being optimistic. I love you!

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Keep spreading happiness and share the joys in your life with the people around you! 

To send us a list of the things that make you happy: 
Visit the “Submit” tab on this website, or email us at positivitiproject@gmail.com.

Written lists (or copies of them) can be sent to:
PositivitiProject
36 School Street
Saugus, MA 01906

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A Note on Adversity

Being happy doesn’t mean living in a perfect world filled with rainbows, unicorns, and gigantic amounts of ice cream. We all get that ‘things-just-aren’t-going-my-way-today’ feeling. Adversity is inevitable- there is absolutely no way that we can all get exactly what we want all the time. We experience loss, heartbreak, illness and a variety of different challenges. Our most natural reaction is to be upset when things go awry. There are ways to cope with that sadness, though.

I love Steve Job’s story. He dropped out of college and lived on very little money. Elements of his life felt impractical and just didn’t make sense. His future didn’t seem very promising during those times. However, looking back at his situation, years later, he was able to see that the struggles he dealt with helped make him the successful leader who we all came to know. The adversity in his life gave him character. Here’s a quote from Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech:

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

This quote has helped me through a mountain of personal struggles. I hope that this quote brings you comfort during the times when you need it most. When you’re feeling sad or defeated, try to take a minute to slow down and realize that that moment does not define who you are or what is going to happen in your life. Accept that you’re dealing with a challenge in your life, and have faith. Like Steve Jobs said, trust in something, no matter what that something is. Know that life goes on and that one day the sun is going to shine just a little bit brighter.

One day, the dots will connect for you, too. 

To read the full text of Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech, click here: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

Wednesday’s Submission

Another person has accepted our challenge and sent us their list!

1. Surrounded by great friends and made new ones
2. I have a caring family
3. Came home to a warm, home cooked dinner
4. My boss today told me that I am a hard worker
5. Talked to my best friend overseas
6. I am healthy and capable
7. English accents

Keep the lists coming!

To submit your own list:
Visit the “Submit” tab on this website, or email us at positivitiproject@gmail.com.

Written lists (or copies of them) can be sent to:
PositivitiProject
36 School Street
Saugus, MA 01906.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today I am  thankful for:

-Wonderful coworkers who can always make me smile

-Making new friends

-Fruit smoothies

-Comfy sweatpants

-The color blue

-Having the opportunity to attend college

-The woman at the dental office who was extremely helpful

-My favorite playlist on Spotify

-Having plans to look forward to

-The hair product that my friend Corey made me

-Having a wonderful apartment to live in

-The man in the waiting area who broke the silence & started a full-on group conversation

-The stranger who gave me directions when I was lost

-Friends & family who are always supportive

-Going to the grocery store with my roommate

-Leaders, like Martin Luther King, Jr., who helped make the world a better place


“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


We hope that your holiday was filled with love!

Tell us about your day at positivitiproject@gmail.com :)

Our First Submission!

In our last article, we challenged you all to send us lists of the things that made you happy.
To read more about this challenge, please visit  https://positivitiproject.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/16/

In response to our challenge, someone sent us this great list :)

1. I got to sleep in for the first time in awhile. It was awesome.
2. I made a new friend at work.
3. I walked 3 miles, so I’m thankful for my legs.
4. I took a very long, warm shower.
5. I’m glad to be writing this from my couch, wrapped in a blanket.

We love hearing about what makes you happy! Take the PositivitiProject Challenge & keep the submissions coming!

To submit your own list:
Visit the “Submit” tab on this website, or email us at positivitiproject@gmail.com.

Written lists (or copies of them) can be sent to:
PositivitiProject
36 School Street
Saugus, MA 01906.

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PositivitiProject Challenge: Take Responsibility for Your Happiness

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.

It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections” -Unknown

Welcome to PositivitiProject! Thanks for visiting our blog! Here at PositivitiProject, we believe in spreading joy and living life to the fullest.

I’m Allie, one of the co-founders of PositivitiProject. I’ve always been the type of person who you can count on for a smile. I’m happy-go-lucky and am passionate about a variety of things, but I spent the summer before my sophomore year of college shedding far too many tears. I was miserable- living in a new place with complete strangers, starting a surprisingly demanding new job, and being away from my friends and family left me feeling overwhelmed. I struggled: searching for things to make me happy. However, I did have one friend. An amazingly insightful coworker who was always reaching out to me, and making the shifts we spent together not only bearable but pleasant. This made me realize that I did have positive elements in my life even if they were just interactions with one person. I had dug myself into a hole of misery by only looking at the aspects of my life that made me unhappy.

That summer, I felt like I was missing out on the entirety of my life- I wasn’t embracing the positive. The truth of the matter was that I didn’t realize the power of just one negative thought or comment. I complained about my situation, which wasn’t productive. I now know that happiness is not dependent on external factors. Being happy is a choice.

I started keeping a daily list of the things that made me happy. I wrote about small joys, like times when my two-stick popsicles split perfectly down the middle. Even though my entries were simple, I started to realize that I had so much to be grateful for. The negative elements of my life didn’t disappear but my quality of life flourished after I began looking past the negative and focusing on the positive.

I still keep lists of what I’m grateful for, along with the things that make me happy.

Here is the list I wrote yesterday:

1. Had a fabulous smoothie for breakfast
2. My car is a gem
3. I love listening to the radio before work
4. Thankful to have a job
5. Got to meet new people, make new friends
6. Proud that I made myself a delicious lunch
7. Working on billing at work
8. Laughing at my boyfriend’s silly phone call
9. Implemented a new system at work
10. Happy to be back on track & going to the gym
11. Having dinner with friends, playing a card game
12. I love the new sheets that my parents got me for Christmas
13. I talked to my parents on the phone

Every day I can successfully complete one of these lists, even if it’s composed of small stuff, like opening a new tube of toothpaste. This helps me stay positive and confident in my own life.

I’m challenging you. Right now, I am challenging you to keep a list of the things that make you happy. Do it throughout the day, or at the end of the night. Do whatever works for you- but take full responsibility for your own happiness.

Once you’ve written your list, share it and keep the positivity flowing.

Share your list with us:
-You can submit your list on this website under the “Submit” tab, or by emailing it to positivitiproject@gmail.com.

Written lists (or copies of them) can be sent to:
PositivitiProject
36 School Street
Saugus, MA 01906.

–>Share your list with your friends & family:
Focus your conversations on the good stuff- it’s way more productive than complaining or criticizing other people. Sharing your happiness will broadcast your personality. When I first started dating my boyfriend, I shared my list with him and it showed him the type of person I am and what I care most about. Sharing the highlights of my day led to more insightful and thoughtful conversations. Try it, you’ll be surprised what a little openness and positivity can lead to.