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14/05/21

Tadworth Times Value of the month for May - Positivity

He was one of my favourite characters in ‘Winnie the Pooh’. He would bounce into a room and declare loudly. “Hi my name is Tigger, spelt T I double G E R!”  He would be a bit hard work early in the morning, but a definite bonus at other times of the day, and never dull!  He is one of the best examples for our value of the month: positivity. That ability to see the good and the best and what’s possible. So why is positivity so important?

It helps you.  Having a negative outlook doesn’t help us in the long run.  Scientists have found that negative thoughts will slow us down and make us less able to get on with others, whereas positive thoughts lead to creative thinking and make us more flexible, giving us a greater ability to learn and focus.

Positivity means looking at the good possibilities in a situation as opposed to the bad ones. Your mum has a friend who has a child your age that you have never met and they are coming to visit. You can be concerned that they won’t like you, or instead assume they will and act accordingly. If you are positive with them, you have already won half the battle.  So, when you are learning a new topic in your lessons approach it believing that you are going to love it and see how much you do.

It helps others. It has been a very tough year for so many people. Positivity does not mean that we ignore the troubles and sad situations that people experience and pretend they are not there. Supporting others by being understanding when times are really tough can have a positive effect.

It helps everyone. Just as moaning is contagious, so is positivity. We can talk about having a ‘positivity culture’. Just as in gardening we need the sun and the rain and good soil for things to grow, so when we have people who say good and encouraging things to and about each other, we create the kind of culture where it is easier to be positive than negative and everyone is lifted as a result.

 

One of the very famous Tigger sayings is this: ”Life is not about how fast you run of how high you climb, but how well you bounce!”  Maybe it’s time to bounce back or bounce forwards, and allow others to join us in bouncing?!   

 

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