How Do You Stay Positive in a Negative World?

Have you ever noticed how much negativity there is in this world? Every day I turn on the television I hear nothing but negative news about everything. I know there are lots of positive things happening every day all around the world but how come we don’t hear about any of it?

Why, you ask, is there more negative news than positive? Hmm, the way I see it is negative news gets more attention from the public than the positive. Most find it boring to hear good things happening. When the bad things happen everyone takes notice.

Sad, isn’t it? I, for one, enjoy hearing what good things have taken place in the world. It makes me feel better about myself and the universe in general. I like to hear the cutesy pieces that some news stations throw in once in a while. They give me a warm, fuzzy feeling in the pit of my stomach. How about you?

Now, to get back to my original question – How do you stay positive in a negative world?

I think there are many ways to accomplish this but these are some of my suggestions:

  1. Think positively every day you wake up no matter what happens.
  2. Stay away from negative people.
  3. Do things that put you in a positive frame of mind daily.
  4. Keep yourself busy making a difference in others’ lives doing good deeds.
  5. Smile at anyone you meet who looks sad. You will be surprised what a difference you can make in others’ lives who have had a bad day and needed your smile.
  6. Show your best self to others in everything that you say and do.
  7. Thank God for all your blessings each day.
  8. Live every day as if it were your last.
  9. Teach your children to be positive by your own positive actions.
  10. Put your best face forward – SMILE!

I find that when you smile and look positive you will feel positive and no negative thoughts or feelings can enter your mind or bother you. I keep positive and happy by smiling at others daily and chatting with parents and their young children especially in the supermarket. I love children of all ages. As I walk around the supermarket I smile at children and wave. Some don’t look very happy to be there but when they see my smile and wave they perk right up and smile and wave back.

I remember one time recently while shopping for groceries I noticed a little boy was having a bad day. He did not want to be at the supermarket. As I walked by him I smiled and ask him, “Hey, what’s wrong?” The father stopped and looked up at me and answered for him, “He’s not being very cooperative.”

The little boy dropped his head and wouldn’t look up at his father. I then asked him, “Do you like to read?”

The boy perked up and said, “Yes.” Well, that was my cue to hand him a book mark with all my book covers on it with his father’s permission. The boy gripped onto the book mark and smiled at me. I handed his father one of my cards and explained that I am an author of children’s books.

All covers

After that each time I saw the boy in an aisle he smiled and waved at me. I don’t know if his father bought any of my books but at least I made the little boy happy. The father looked in better spirits too because his son did not bother him any more or whine. That made me happy too.

Each day I try to do something positive to not only lift my own spirits but those of others around me. When you make someone happy by your actions those positive feelings come back to you twofold.

I know we all have our own problems and trials and tribulations in our daily lives. Each time I have to deal with something difficult I pray even harder to God to give me strength to face whatever he throws at me. When I had shingles I thought the world was ending for me with all the pain and suffering I had to endure. But I worked through it and found I could laugh at myself and offer the pain back to Him as I counted the days until it was gone. It took six weeks to leave me. I didn’t share this at first with any of my friends and family and went about my daily duties with a sigh! No one suspected there was anything wrong. But when I refused invitations to go out I had to explain and also wanted to make sure I would not be contagious to anyone who had not been inoculated. It finally passed and I thanked God I got through it. A smile each day and a positive thought helped me along the way.

I love to make people laugh especially those who need to laugh more. We all need to laugh many times a day. Be a child and laugh at the ridiculousness of life’s idiosyncrasies.  I hope that I have put you in a positive frame of mind.

When I write I incorporate positive themes throughout the stories for young children and MG/PT/YA too. I want children be kind to one another, accept differences, respect elders and parents and each other, believe in themselves that they can do anything they put their minds to, and most of all think of others’ feelings when you speak. Words can be hurtful and never forgotten. Please be kind to others.

Please check out all Jemsbooks for life lessons that encourage children to behave and have positive attitudes.

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What do you do to stay positive? I would love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a positive day today and every day. Keep smiling.


Reading is good for your health. Please show some love to authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs,


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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38 Responses to How Do You Stay Positive in a Negative World?

  1. Annika Perry says:

    Janice, you made me smile with this touching story of the boy in the supermarket. I can just imagine that he would be looking out for you in every aisle, ready to wave excitedly, beaming away. I love your list of suggestions for being positive – here’s to spreading smiles and that fuzzy feeling! 😀😃

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Annika. I love interacting with children. Another time I saw this toddler who looked sad. I waved at him and smiled and he perked up and waved back at first tentatively then excitedly each time we saw each other on another aisle. His father was oblivious at first to the attention his son was giving me but then he smiled back at me too. Didn’t share my book mark that time though. A smile and a wave was enough to make him happy. ❤️ 🤗

  2. Mae Clair says:

    What an uplifting post! I loved the story of the little boy in the supermarket. Thanks for sharing such a positive message.

  3. Darlene says:

    I love your list! Smiling doesn´t cosy anything and most people love to smile back. If we could all practice being positive, what a great world it would be. xo

  4. It’s so hard not to be negative. Thanks for your positivity and example, Janice. Hugs.

  5. noelleg44 says:

    Amen, Janice! This was such an upbeat post – something I try to do every day. Sally Cronin helps with her posts of jokes, stories, puns and videos of animals! And thank heavens I can retreat to writing, a wonderful escape…

  6. Jennie says:

    I love, LOVE this Janice!! Attitude and outlook and doing some good make all the difference in the world. The little boy in the grocery store is proof. 😍

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Jennie. I love kids of all ages and should have been a teacher like you. But I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I was all set to go to teacher’s college then I instead went to a secretarial college. (My parents were not well off, one reason.) Maybe that’s why I constantly teach children on my blog and through my books. 🤗 ❤️

      • Jennie says:

        Janice, I think/know you absolutely are a teacher. Writers of children’s books just have a much bigger classroom. 🙂 I remember your story of not going to teacher’s college. Things happen for a reason, and now you have reached far more children. That’s a wonderful thing!

      • jjspina says:

        Thank you, Jennie. You are so kind and sweet. I hope I can make a difference in children’s lives as you have. Bless you. ❤️😘🤗

      • Jennie says:


  7. I love to make people laugh, too. A good laugh at life’s absurdities always cheers me up.

  8. Amy Caudill says:

    What a beautiful outlook, Janice. The world needs more people like you.

  9. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Good points well made…

  10. joylennick says:

    Hi Janice, You’re a great person to know. I always gravitate towards positive people, although I wouldn’t be unkind to one who wasn’t positive.. I agree with all your points, but am a Humanist so would say Mother Nature instead of God. We can all get through so much pain and negativity by being grateful, thankful and positive, and there is strength in unity between ALL human beings. Peace.x

  11. A lovely story Janice and it is always a good feeling to make a difference, particularly to children.. as you do.. hugsx

  12. Lovely post and great reminders! (y) (y) ❤ xo

  13. dgkaye says:

    Janice, you a an absolute ray of sunshine. So your positivity doees glow wherever you go. Look at you in that supermarket with the little boy. You made him happy and probably gained a reader too. Clever marketing my friend. Lol. ❤ xx

  14. I agree with you. There is not enough focus on positive things today. The media “Think” people want to read about tragedy and bad things but what did you say about that feeling when they popped a good story in? Yes, everyone actually has those warm feelings too which means they’d rather feel that way instead of negativity.
    Keep up the good and positive work. People are seeking it out.

  15. I think South African media is similar to the US, Janice. All we see and read every day is so negative and as SA is full of corruption and greed it is very hard. I try not to get bogged down in the negatively as there are a lot of lovely positive things about South Africa too. Lovely post.

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