Do you ever feel a little bit negative? Almost as if someone has just turned off the light in your life and you have been left shrouded in darkness? I once felt this way too, but guess what? I discovered volunteering and it changed my life. Deciding to volunteer was the BEST decision I have ever made.
I wish to show you how to hopefully become more positive.
Volunteering has enriched by soul and against many odds; after just a few months of volunteering, I finally felt this marvelous sensational rush through my mind, something I never expected in my most hopeful of dreams; I suddenly felt happy – and it was all down to the support I received through volunteering and the massive way helping others enriched my life. Volunteering is more rewarding that I could possibly have the grace to describe.
However, this is not just about me and how it has changed my life - it is all about you. Yes you. No matter how insignificant you feel, with support, you can start your own voluntary adventure. You can discover hidden talents that you never knew existed, have skills develop that make you smile, and through having fun volunteering you can work together to change your life and other people’s lives.
If you would like to try something new with the aim of enriching your life, then why not try my Positivity Challenge?
Who knows where your next life changing adventure will start? Maybe you will make new friends, learn some new skills and increase your self esteem and before you know it “BOOM!” you're feeling more positive.
If you have a gift like Asperger's, then you could get parents, teachers or support worker to help you.
Joely's Positivity Challenges
This is a list of different challenges you could try.
Have a go at one or a few challenges, and don't forget to keep me updated with your progress.
* Do some voluntary work or raise money for charity *
If you're unsure where to begin, then check out the link at the bottom of the page 'Volunteering Opportunities' for inspiration.
*Keep a Diary of Smiles*
Every day for a month write the tiny things that made you smile that day; no matter how insignificant or silly. Have a look at my 'Diary of Smiles' link at the bottom of this page for an idea of the things that made me smile.
*Go out more often with friends and / or family*
Spending time with loved ones is a great way to improve your self esteem and generally raise your positivity. Even a trip to the supermarket or local park can be enjoyable.
*Listen to your favourite music every day*
I'm a big fan of music, and listening to my favoriate bands and songs fills my heart with delight.
*Complete a random act of kindness everyday*
Being kind and helping other people has a massive affect on your own well being. Something as simple as remembering to say Please and Thank you or picking up rubbish in your local park can make a big difference.
*Write a letter of gratitude*
Show someone you appreciate them by writing them a gratitude letter; maybe write a gratitude letter to someone who has recently helped you, like a teacher, parents. friend or sibling.
*Do some exercise*
Doing exercise everyday will raise you endorphine levels and make you feel more positive. Simple things like walking or cycling instead of getting the bus or taking the stairs instead of a lift can have a great impact on your overall well being.
Broaden your horizons and have some self belief; you would be amazed how trying these little things could make a massive difference.
Never forget - I was in the darkest of despairs and I thought I would never escape, even at the beginning of my life changing journey of volunteering. It would have been easy to give up at the slightest hurdle and not try, but I'm ever greatful that I kept trying regardless, because now I'm really happy.
If you have completed one of my Positivity Challenges and feel more positive for doing so, then please contact me using the 'Contact Me' link below. Your photo and story (3-5 sentences) could inspire others to take the challenge too.
My favorite stories will be placed in my 'Super Smiler Gallery'.
Disclaimer: I am not an Autistic Spectrums Disorder expert, nor am I a Therapy Professional. Any advice I give is for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be considered professional advice. Professionals, such as teachers, doctors and therapist should be consulted before any life style changes are made, This website, and my services, should not be seen as a replacement for professional diagnosis, medication, or therapy. I refer to myself as a professional; however this is due to my experiences as an individual with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and not due to my qualifications. Everything on this website is written from experiences and my own personal opinions. I hope to educate and inspire others with my knowledge. I can not guarantee any personal success or results, and will no be held responsible for any lack of success.
Read my Diary of Smiles.
Super Smiler Gallery
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Joely's Positivity Challenge