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Every second month Anna shares her musings, personal insights, and observations of our diverse lives.

Here at DPSN February is Pride month and I am exploring self-pride. In particular positive thinking.

positivityWe can often be our harshest critic and the critical thoughts can flow so readily. For example, “I’m not good enough” or “I’m ugly” and so on until we are trapped in the cycle.

I challenge us all to make time to reprogramme and get into a routine of positive thought in the fostering of self-pride. For example, tell yourself “I’ve come a long way and doing well” or “I am beautiful!”

Even if it is funny at first or feels weird, set a time and place to do this. Maybe it’s every morning when you have a shower or eat your breakfast. I guarantee you’ll feel good about yourself and set yourself up for a good day.

You might read this and think, ‘What does Anna know? Seriously!’ You’d be right; I’m no expert. But I’ve lived it, I’ve tried it, and I’m a believer in positive self-talk.

However, let’s look at other opinions.

Remez Sasson, the author of many self-improvement and positive thinking books and articles, says, “Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results.

“A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes [they] can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.”

Also, the well-known Mayo Clinic states, “Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health.”

And Tinybuddha, following the philosophy of Buddhism, shares 10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts, such as meditate or do yoga, smile, surround yourself with positive people and so on.

Personally, I enjoy visual expressions of pride and self-pride. This photo essay, Celebrating Butch, is an authentic portrayal of ‘butch’ women. And this social experiment recorded people’s reaction to being called beautiful.


Now it’s your turn! What do you do to promote your own self-pride?

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