A Testament to the Power of a Positive Attitude

The Power of a Positive Attitude

I love positive people and positive attitudes. I really do. Every time I come across one, I feel reinvigorated to spread my Care Bears attitude around even more, and follow what I believe to be my calling as a motivator of the masses (well one day). Each time I meet an exceptionally positive person who I see CHOOSING to maintain a positive attitude, I also start to think maybe I am not crazy after all. Maybe there’s lots of people out there just like me trying to prove the devil is a liar, and smiling through life, trying to make the world a better place for themselves and for others.

This brings me to my Zumba instructor Wanda, someone who I believe is a true testament to the power of a positive attitude. Wanda teaches Zumba at the L.A. Fitness I go to in Evanston, IL on Tuesday evenings. She’s this vibrant, brightly dressed, petite woman with great, wild, curly hair, and a smile that is a bigger and more powerful than her whole person.

Most days, positive attitude and all, it’s hard for me to get to the gym after long, grueling days at work, but lately, Tuesdays are actually hard for me to miss. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, I know Wanda, her contagious smile and that life-line giving Zumba music will take my mood up a notch or maybe even 10. And it’s not just me.

At the beginning of every class, everyone looks tired, stressed and tense. Very little remnants of any positive attitude can be seen anywhere in the room. Those who are in class for the first time have frightened looks in their eyes. How hard will this class be? Will this woman be a tyrant and try to kill us all (through hardcore exercise of course)? But then, probably no more than five minutes into class, the faces around me start to soften and the smiles begin to get wide.

Wanda’s positive spirit and happy demeanor is incredibly contagious, and it helps everyone forget that their legs, feet and entire bodies are hurting from the intense workout. Sometimes, when the music player in the fitness studio doesn’t work, Wanda makes up her own songs and keeps us all on track. She too says the devil is a liar, and she can make her own way, and I totally agree with her. Now that is a great testament to the power of a positive attitude!

I am inspired by Wanda. She teaches Zumba and has been doing so for many years, but in my eyes, she does so much more than that. To me, she uses her talent to bring cheer to others, while also helping them to strengthen their bodies, and more than with her knowledge of fitness or all the latest Zumba moves, she accomplishes this through a positive attitude and outlook on life.

So today, let’s all try and be a little more like Wanda, and smile at each other, dance and sing to the beat of our own tune, and when something doesn’t work, let’s find a different way to get there. Pick up that positive attitude I know you have inside of you, and run like hell with it! 

Sonia, Word Share Junkie

Motivation Contagion


The other day I was sifting through Psychology Today when I came across an article entitled Motivation is Contagious, and I thought, yes!  Motivation contagion; that’s where it’s at. When I surround myself with positive attitudes, smiling faces, life enthusiasts and believers, I feel alive and exhilarated. On the other hand, when I find myself surrounded by the opposite of all that positive deliciosity, my body tenses up and I want to scream. Blame it on the daddy issues, or what have you, but I just can’t, and why should I?

I’ve worked so hard to bring the happy, hopeful, laughter-filled Sonia to life – the one I always knew lay under the environmental oppression – that I simply refuse to let anyone or anything get in the way of that, and I’m burning to help you get there too. The more I come across others on this same path to light – as I increase my social media efforts, research optimism and positivity, and increase my general attention to all of life’s little motivators – the more excited I get to keep going with this blog, keep pushing through with my book (man, it’s a lot harder of a process than I thought!) and keep spreading my corn.

Sure, there are people who don’t get it, but then there are all of those wonderfully wonderful emails, text messages and social media comments I’ve received throughout the last two years or so of this journey towards healing and living light, letting me know I’ve made a difference in someone’s day or life. Those are the comments that remind me that there is a need out there for a whole lot of motivation contagion, and I am well equipped to fill this need in anyone who will listen.

So when you’re feeling high on life, when you find a way or reason to believe better is possible, or when you just have a good day, I urge you to share, share and then share a little more. Don’t worry about folks who will find it annoying or try and throw a negative at your positive. Push through that because it is those people that need your HAPPY the most. And when someone says or does something nasty to you, breathe, take a step back, and think about whether you want to give power to negativity or whether you want to let positive take the score.  Because like I heard somewhere a few weeks ago, when you treat people with love and respect, they react and they rise to the occasion (or something like that, but you catch my drift :)).

Just as a little example, this morning, I let a car pass me on the highway on my way to work, and the guy proceeded to give me an enthusiastic thumbs up through his rearview mirror. It made me smile, it put me in an even better mood than jamming to Coolio’s Fantastic Voyage (classic!!) on the 90s station already had me, and I’m still thinking about it now.  It was a small gesture, but motivation contagion is best accomplished by small gestures that add up and snowball into bigger ones.  Plus, here’s a little secret, the more you make an effort to motivate others, the more you end up reinforcing the HAPPY and motivating yourself!

How will you spread your best today?

Sonia, Word Share Junkie