Teaspoon of Happy

More Than Half-Full

Be a positive force. Pollute the well with rainbows and hearts! And as soon as the dark tar of negativity enters your body, grind it up and get it out. Because whether you think so or not, what you project effects everyone around you and your energy can create a chain reaction for the better. We are all sensitive beings exchanging all sorts of signals all the time. Even though the world effects you as heavily as it does sometimes, you effect the world around you right back.

Being positive will change the world a lot more than you think it will. I used to feel paralyzed by the badness in the world, thinking, “What’s the point? Why even try to help a problem when it is never going to stop it – people are cyclically spreading badness and pain.” But they are not just doing that – sometimes it just seems that way, and a constant barrage of terrible news can really get to most of us. I don’t know much about this book in its entirety but I was moved by a line I heard quoted from the Koran that said something to the effect of, “If you save the life of one man, you save all of mankind.” (I replace man with person of course.) This to me profoundly answers the question, “Why even try?” Because hope and love are alive and they are the true foundation of the human soul that can heal all. If you can become a positive influence in this universe, it multiplies and reverberates in ways you cannot know or see or quantify. Love is what makes us different and amazing and in the face of all the conflicts and fears and fighting, it’s the only thing that matters. We are all born good but we sometimes become dulled and lost on our path. Keep the light bright and you help change the world. Your smile, your energy, your kindness soothes and cures the pain of others in the most subtle of ways. It reminds a stranger that we are all good, people mean well, and the future is bright.

I thank all those who remain positive despite their hardship and remain kind despite the brutality of others. Thank you for the people that hold elevators for strangers. Let people in, in traffic. That get screwed by people that are just out to scam them but then spend a lot of their energy evaporating that rage and letting it fly out the window. The people that don’t think money is the most important thing in the world. That want to be responsible, respectful and to uproot their prejudices. The people that smile at you when passing in a hallway at work. The people that tell you when they like something you’re wearing. The people that compliment you when you did something really great even though they are helplessly jealous. The people that admit they’re jealous. The people with generous laughs. The people that are somehow magically never unkind. People that weep at beauty. The people that celebrate their friends when they win the lottery, and they mean it. The people that are kind to the the troubled, even when they are afraid. Because you don’t know it, but you are saving the world by existing. You represent the pure good we are all born with but that can get dulled along the way. I believe we can all get there and work to stay there, and if you tune your body and mind toward peace and balance this center inside you will grow stronger. It’s like there’s an evil force trying to pollute us all and in order to get rid of that crap you’ve gotta cough it out like ash. Whatever you do don’t spread it. There’s a lot of terrible stuff going on out there, and you know what? It’s always gonna be. You can either contribute to it or be a force for good. I firmly believe whatever you put out there will come back to you, and however you treat others they will be more inclined to treat you back. It’s fun to be nice. And it makes you feel awesome. You matter.

Happy Sunday and as always, I love to read your comments. xo Sarah

Featured image via sʇɹnʞ Flickr

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberlymmh Kimberly Hawkins

    Yes! This is what my existence is about. People always tell me how kind I am and I just tell them, it makes life easier when you are. I don’t have that battle with myself “do I do this, or do I not?”. I already have the answer. I actually have this little framed print that I made on my desk at work that stands as a constant reminder to be positive. It reads “It was only a sunny smile and little did it cost in giving, but it scattered the night like morning light and made the day worth living.” Haha, maybe now when people ask me how I can be so kind and happy all the time I’ll just tell them I am saving the world…one smile and kind gesture at a time. Thanks again for a great post! Are you sure you’re not my sister from another mister? LOL! :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      YOU ROCK Kimberly! I always look forward to your comments – probably for exactly these reasons :)
      xoxoxo Sarah

    • http://www.facebook.com/kimberlymmh Kimberly Hawkins

      Awww…thanks! Gosh, I feel all special now, haha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindsaybradleigh Lindsay Bradleigh Shank

    I truly needed this article today. Thank you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      YAY ! Thanks Lindsay – so glad to hear that :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kimberley.Jo Kimberley Mefford

    I’m declaring the rest of this month and next month “No-Negativity-November”… But it starts today. Thank you for the inspiration and the reminder :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/amalia.pantazi Amalia Pantazi

      I love your idea, Kimberley! I’m so up for No-Negativity-November! November is also NaNoWriMo, and they both blend in nicely! What a cool month! =)

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      SO COOL – Count me in! I’m ready :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.a.windsor Jason Windsor

    1 of my avitars on my FB reads “It’s gonna be a glass half-full kind of day” written on the outside of a paper cup! Totally agree with you – choose your attitude, cuz I’ve already chosen mine ^_^

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Yeah Jason! Love it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tfaaaa Stephanie Ramírez

    True word, even little actions can bright up someone else’s day :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Here here ! Thanks for the comment Stephanie :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joedope Joe Leiman

    I don’t know who you are, Sarah, but I totally 100% agree with you! Shine on!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Thanks Joe :) I WILL and thank you for letting me know you will too!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JDuvel Jason Duvel

    You wouldn’t happen to be Buddhist would you? Love it the way you’ve written it here – thank you. :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      LOL maybe I am and I don’t know it :) I’m a “humanist” I guess ha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1332490308 Stephanie Arafiles Bridgman

    This is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing this. Sometimes it’s hard to not be negative and cynical about the world. It’s good to be reminded that the feelings we emit really do affect those around us, so we should choose our words and our actions carefully and wisely.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Thanks Stephanie – you made me smile really big ! Thank you for letting me know that, it means a lot :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/violet.phan Violet Phan

    This is truly amazing. I was having a long week conversation with my friend about being an optimist to save the world. So we are going out there and saving the world just because we can! And I know we can influence others to do the same! <3

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      TRUE DAT Violet. I’m glad we are aware of each other in the world out for good! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553690152 Madison Zraick

    Love it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Thanks Madison 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530634528 Azizah Masoet

    Thanx so much Sarah! What an amazing start for the week ahead! Let’s all be a constant reminder to each other! xx

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Yay!! Thanks Azizah – your positivity is awesome to read right back :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621814167 Minna Hietanen

    I had to forward this and remind all my friends that life really isn’t as hard as we think it is. =D

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Ha! So glad you did Minna. Thanks for your comment :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002544817765 Kristin Eley

    For a person I have never met, I sure do love you very much

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Awe Kristin :) I love you right back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisrmiller Elisabeth Miller

    Sarah – I love your posts. A lot. You would be a kick-ass therapist. There’s so much I want to say in reply, but it’s all tangled in my head. Anyway, thank you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      You brought a tear to my eye Elisabeth. I thank you and I also love your comments. They mean a lot to me :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/amalia.pantazi Amalia Pantazi

    Dear Sarah, thank you for the positivity injection! We all need that once in a while. With your delightful teaspoons of happy, you are definately qualified as one of those people, the ones who smile at you in hallways at work, you know.. I’ll make this an official moto: “Be a positive force” =)

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Hehehe yay! Thanks Amalia! I am glad you feel that way and thanks for your comment :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/elane.sue Erica Lane

    I’ve been having a real tough week. A lot of troubles at work and just generally I’ve had a lot of built up frustration and been trying so hard to remain positive through all of it. This article had me in tears by the end of it because it is just such a force of positive energy. Thank you so much for posting this, you may have just prevented a major meltdown on my part. All my gratitude is extended towards you at this moment.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Awe Erica you made my heart warm up and my cheeks hurt from smiling. Thank you for your comment – and I am so glad you felt this way. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Afifa.Nawrin Afifa Nawrin

    what a feel-good article <3

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Glad it worked :) thanks Afifa!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christina.redhead Christina Marie

    I love this. My grandmother was the embodiment of this post. I only hope to be half as much as the person she was. I strive everyday to be the person you are thanking. I would also like to thank those people in the world. When I’m walking down the street or driving down the road and someone smiles at me or waves from behind the steering wheel; it makes my day!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      SO TRUE – me toooo I think that all the time. I’m glad you feel the same, and I think that just your intention alone is the reason you are already just like your grandma. xo

  • http://www.facebook.com/talmeida Thamy Almeida

    You are so insightful! I love your posts – they seem to always come when I really need it. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Thanks Thamy!, That makes me really happy :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636789225 Alycia Lourim

    Recently I had hit a new time low and I was really frusterated and sad, I had no idea what to do. So I just decided to push through the pain and do the things that made me happy and remind myself there are only so many things I can control. So I started second job hunting everyday and using what little gas money I had from my other job only for job hunting. Otherwise I stayed at home reading, writing, blogging, watching movies or spending time with my family. And when I was at work I focused fully on my job and trying to be upbeat as possible. Eventually things have started to turn around and I am in such a better mood I find myself. Sure I’d love to go out to eat or go to the movies with friends but I can’t control my financial situation until I get a second job but my friends come over and we watch movies or doing other free thrifty things. And all the negative feelings I felt drifted away, I am now getting a promotion soon at work and have an interview at Apple tomorrow. So after reading this it really hit at home, because its so true. If you just remember you can only control so many things in life, let go of what you cant (which is usually a lot of the bad) and whatever is left over turn into a positive like how even though times are hard I’m still thankful I at least have a one job when a lot of people out there dont. Just what I needed on my sunday esp when I am working a double at my restaurant, which is good more hours but im soo tired haha. I love reading your posts Erin, you are one of my fav authors on here and many of your posts you have written in the past are actually what helped me get through my slump, so thank you :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636789225 Alycia Lourim

      Sorry I meant to type Sarah** hahaha, my friend Erin has the same last name bates as you thats why I put erin, see IM TIRED :X ooyyy <33 :p

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmaybee Sarah May Bates

      Lol damn girl, you are an inspiration to all! So glad to hear the universe is lighting a path for you, good luck in your interview!! I know the thing I’d look for is a person that is a pleasure to be around in good times and bad. I have a feeling you will do great! X

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