Family life is brilliant most of the time. But it would be remiss to say it is perfect all the time. Sometimes it is hard and a struggle. This negativity you might be feeling is valid, but if you let it infect your family life, it can cause damage.
For your children, growing up with positive thinking is essential. If you want them to grow up into pro-active adults who don’t let the world get them down, you need to instill positive thinking in them early.
But how can you inspire positive thinking in your family?
Random acts of kindness.
A positive attitude can be built in anyone – from your children to your partner – with random acts of kindness. Random acts of kindness popped up a few years ago. It is a system in which you do something for someone else without them asking you to brighten their day. This can be as small as buying your wife flowers or paying for a stranger’s cab fare.
This is something easy for children to engage with. It sends the message that helping others and making others feel good is something worthwhile. You could set a challenge to do one act of kindness a day or a week.
Talking about daily good moments.
Focusing on positive moments is a great way to inspire positive thinking. Therefore, when you talk to your children or your partner about your day, try bringing up the good moments.
Why not try at mealtimes, asking everyone to go around the table and pick out the best moment of their day. Not only does this reframe the day you’ve just had, but over time it will encourage your family to seek out good moments in their days, so they have something to report back at dinner.
Talk to other families.
When you are part of a family, you often become part of a wider network of families. Your fids make friends – suddenly you are connected to the family of your child’s friend. Having these resources is invaluable for inspiring positive thinking in your family.
Sometimes family life can be difficult, but when you have others to talk to who have experienced similar things, you can offload and discuss these issues. By having an outlet for your negative thoughts, you can free up space for positivity at home. Plus, your family connections might have good ideas for solving some of the problems, bringing positivity back to your family.
If you aren’t able to talk to other families – a common situation for many of us in the current pandemic – following family bloggers or influencers online can help. People like Richard Spanton Jr can help you to feel more positive. By seeing other families and their techniques to promote family life, you can find new inspiration for bonding activities.
Positive thinking will change your family.
A focus on positive thinking will reframe how your family approaches their role in the family. By being kind to each other and yourself, positivity will lead to happier, calmer home life.