Positive Thinking

by Grant Batchelder

There are some weeks that are easier to deal with than others. Students may be rude to you, some difficult situations may arise, you may be sick but have stuff to do, or you may simply wake up on the wro
ng side of the bed. Sometimes, they happen all at once. During these times, I need to remind myself and keep reminding myself that I shouldn’t be thinking so negatively.

This week a student sent me an extremely rude email and I got quite upset. I, wisely, did not answer the email right away, but it left me in a foul mood for the rest of the morning. During lunch, which I usually spend with coworkers, we were all talking about our day and complaining about what was going on. Suddenly, I didn’t want to complain anymore or focus on the negatives. Plenty of other students had come to talk to me that day that were positive and meaningful interactions, but I had completely ignored that. For the rest of the day, I decided to focus on positive thoughts and not dwell on the negative. I was much happier and when more negative things happened, I stayed positive. I had more energy that day after work than I any other day that week.

Because of this, I’ve decided to be more positive. I believe that I can help my students better if I have a better attitude in general. What are tips or ways that you keep thinking positively and not dwell on the negatives in your life or in your job?

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