There is no shortage of information on the power of positive thinking. Many books have been written on the subject and many people have been quoted on their statements of positivity. Optimism is a way of life for some and you can always tell who they are. Optimistic people stand out from the crowd, they radiate positivity, and make things happen. Many are leaders in today’s world. If there is so much information available on the subject, why is it so difficult for us to remain positive? Our attitude easily falls prey to the daily struggles we all face. We then become part of a stream of negativity that works its way from one person to the next. It is like a toxic river flowing through the land, poisoning each thing it touches. This week we will celebrate positivity at my workplace to remind us of the power of a positive attitude and how it can make a difference in our day.
We held our first positivity week a couple of years ago when some of us noticed the pervasive negativity in the building and wanted to do something about it. Having a celebration of positivity helped raise awareness of negative attitudes and created a healthier, less stressful workplace environment. The week was a great success and there is no doubt in my mind that it made a difference. The air was lighter, there were more smiles, and the week went by a little quicker.
At the beginning of this year, a co-worker mentioned having another positivity week. We realized that the previous one was over two years ago and felt that everyone could benefit from another infusion of positivity. Over time, the positive high felt from the first week faded away. We all fell back into periods of negativity and eventually forgot about positivity altogether. This week will be a great reminder of what positivity can do: reduce stress, raise productivity, remind us of our compassion, increase laughter, allow us to see the good in others, and increase our physical and emotional energy levels.
The following is our itinerary for the week.
Monday – Introduction to Positivity Week
Throughout the day we will hold impromptu “flash mob” conga lines. At designated times, all interested persons will meet in the front lobby wearing funny hats, clown noses, and shiny beads, form a conga line, and dance down the halls of the nursing home.
The residents really loved this part last year. It was such a joy to see them laughing and smiling as we passed their rooms. It was something simple that added a touch of enjoyment to an otherwise long day. Some of the residents even joined us in the dance.
Tuesday – Whine and Cheese Day
The staff will be treated to a bevy of tasty cheeses and non-alcoholic wine (probably grape juice) to raise awareness of our whining. We all do it. If we are having a rough day, something made us angry, our personal life is in turmoil, etc., we whine about it. Today we will take a break from the whining, treat ourselves to a nice snack, and remember everything that is good in our lives.
Wednesday – Creativity Day
Today we will have art projects set up in the lobby to give everyone a chance to experience the positivity of creativity. We have a large banner that says “Be Positive” on it and staff and residents are invited to put their positive mark on the banner which will then be hung up for everyone to see. We will also have tables set up with paper, paints, crayons, and other art supplies for people to create their own poster of what positivity means to them. I can’t wait to see how each person interprets the word into art. All art will be displayed throughout the remainder of the week to brighten up the walls and spread the positive feelings that only art can create.
Thursday – Recognition Day
This day has several components to it. We have four batons that will be passed from person to person during the day. There are four categories: compliment someone on their style, compliment someone from another department, compliment someone on something you like about their personality, and compliment someone on how great they do their job. It is fun to receive a baton and watch how it raises everyone’s spirits. Staff members may also write positive messages to each other on the glass windows of our TV room with markers. The messages help radiate the feelings of positivity and are fun for everyone to read.
Friday – Healthy Potluck Lunch Day
This year we’ve decided to have a potluck lunch that highlights high quality, healthy foods that leave you feeling positive after eating them. In the past, we’ve had pizza parties or Chinese food, but those left everyone feeling heavy and sleepy after lunch. With the help of some of our health conscious co-workers, we will be developing a list of suggested foods for people to bring in on Friday. This is also a good opportunity for people to stretch themselves a bit and try something new. It is a great way to end the week on a high note with good energy to bring into the weekend.
In addition to all this, we have “Keep my Space Positive” cards for people to pass to each other if we hear negativity creeping in. This is a great way to call attention to those moments that most of us don’t even notice. The cards are given in a kind, respectful, and light-hearted manner. Each card has a positive quote on it and asks the receiver to donate to the coin jar. A winner will be drawn at the end of the week to be the recipient of all the proceeds.
Positivity week is a great way to transform the attitudes of everyone. Try one at your workplace and see what it can do. Has anyone else held one of these before? I’d love to hear what types of activities you had and what results they produced. I’m looking forward to next week’s positivity and hope that it will stay around for a while. A positive attitude is a benefit we can all enjoy everyday.
Yours in transformation,