Last week someone at the office came up with a brilliant idea, which I will admit that at the time I didn't think was all that brilliant. The idea was to designate Friday as positivity day. This meant dressing in your most positive outfit, not letting negative comments slip out and, all in all, just having a nice, positive day.
When I got the message that this was what we were doing, I was skeptical. I didn't know how someone could put together a positive outfit or go around the whole day with a smile plastered on their face.
Not that I am an overly negative person, but from time to time I will admit that I think a negative comment here or there might just be warranted.
But instead of being a chore, positivity day turned out to be a good experience.
For starters, when I looked in the closet that morning trying to figure out what to wear, I just decided to pick all of my favorite things and put them together. I wore my favorite jeans, my colorful pink flower pin and my new pair of shoes. Don't ask me why, but wearing this outfit really did lift my spirits.
As I drove to work on Friday I just had this feeling that it was going to be a good day. I think it may have been the fact that I hit all of the green lights between my house and the office.
By the time I sat down at my desk the good vibrations could be felt throughout the building. In the back someone was listening to a CD chocked full of feel-good tunes. Everyone just seemed to be in a good mood.
When I got home from work that day I thought to myself, why can't every day be positivity day? There is no reason I can't wear some of my favorite clothes to work every day. Why is it that some days I actually choose to wear shoes that I know will pinch my feet by the end of the day, or a shirt I know I will constantly be tugging at? It just doesn't make any sense.
It also doesn't make sense how negative comments, thoughts and feelings can become such a big part of your day without you even knowing it. It was nice to have a day where you thought about what you said before it came out of your mouth. It was a nice change of pace and something I am also working on making a part of every day, not just when people tell me it's the rule.
Looking back I would have never guessed that I would have taken so much away from just another silly dress up day at the office, but positivity day was something that really opened my eyes. It made me realize that I am the person who makes the decision as to whether I have a good day or a bad day, so from now on I'm going to be aiming toward more positive days.