5 Positive Ways You Can Manage Adversity

Debbi Haskins shares how having a positive attitude has helped her manage adversity.

I believe strongly that what you put out in this world, you get back.

I did not always think this way, and unfortunately it took a life-altering event to show me the correct path for me to follow. I suffer from a debilitating disease which tests my strengths daily.

Here are five principles that I live by and pass along to as many people as I can!

1. Positivity creates positive results. Karma?

If you surround yourself with dark, depressing negative thoughts or people, then you will lean towards that yourself. That is not a happy, nor a healthy, way to be.

Find something positive daily and focus on it. If something bad, or dark is happening to you… sit back and look closely at it until you find something light and positive to focus on instead. Soon the negative will shrink away. It becomes so much easier to do this if you practice it constantly.

2. Say “Hello” to your neighbors and smile. One smile spreads to another and soon everyone will smile!

I always take the opportunity to help others as I wished people would treat me. Just because I am having a rough day doesn’t give me the right to take it out on someone else! Smile, maybe their day is just as bad as you think yours is, and your smile will ease some of their pains.

3. Smile, lend a hand, open a door, pay for the person behind you in line at the drive-thru: the simple things will matter the most.

I take every day as if it is my last, and as if I will be judged this day… I will want to meet my maker with that same positive smile and head held high knowing that I have done my best in this world and tried my hardest to keep some of HIS basic teachings alive. The Golden Rule now means more to me than ever before.Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com for the other 2 principles!

Debbi is an RSD/CRPS advocate, the author of My Monster and Me, and struggles daily with normal everyday tasks due to her disease.

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

heather g.
heather g5 years ago

There is such deep satisfaction and happiness in making others smile - I try that every day!

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ
Sonia M5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Deborah W.
Deborah W5 years ago

Bread upon the waters ... ripples in a stream ... whatever. Think about what YOU would want from life and those around you, get outside yourself and GIVE that in some way, large or small, to another ... sometimes you get an unexpected return, sometimes not, but the exercise is just good for the soul. You'll see.

Laura Saxon
.5 years ago

Positive thinking is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Mark F.
Mark F5 years ago

Good article...Thanks for reminding me.

Leslie W.
Leslie W5 years ago

I too have daily pain (RA &fibromyalgia) and I know how hard you have to fight, everyday, to stay positive. Remember that you have all of us out here rooting for you. (I will know if I have passed you in the street when we exchange smiles.)

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Positive helps.

Becky Holland
Becky Holland5 years ago