Now, people will say they either are or are NOT a morning person. But people who do not like the mornings can learn to! If you want to be a peppier morning person, there are things you can do to help set yourself up for success: lay a cute outfit out the night before, and have a tasty lunch made and water bottle filled and ready to go.

Negative Nancys and Debbie Downers can learn to see, react to, and enjoy hard work and intentional effort and learn to see life through rose-colored glasses.

I definitely would identify as a positive person. But I recently caught myself getting into the habit of driving home and jumping right into things that were less than ideal, I would nitpick and focus on the unkind words or actions of others. I often would fail to mention the good things. Who would want to spend time with me? Not fun. I started to think about how I don’t want my daughters to pick up on the bad habits I was forming. I’d hate for their memories from a family dinner to be the one short tiff instead of the fun evening together with cousins, great food, and witty banter that could fill a sitcom.

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Two places for me that can be hard to always focus on the sunny side is work and school. There is always some deadline, some problem, or some rude co-worker.

The hard work it takes to become a more positive person is all in your head—literally. So my positivity challenge for the next two weeks is to pray to be positive at work and school. But make sure to be specific. Pray to only think kindly of others or not to take offense. Pray to see others as children of God. Pray to only hear the intention of others comments, even if their words may fall short. Pray to only speak kindly about yourself and others.

May it be said if us, “She maintained her faith and hope, despite the scorn and cynicism around her. She lived joyfully not because her circumstances were joyful but because she was joyful” (Elder Uchtdorf, The Three Sisters, 2017).

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